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ezmoneykb
09-29-2008, 14:43
I always buy my father-in-law a nice bottle as a gift. We both enjoy bourbon. He normally drinks Evan Williams and I always assumed that he bought it due to its price, but he tells me that he thinks it is pretty good. I have bought him Maker's and Woodford in the past, but since he enjoys the EW, should I get him some of the older Evan Williams? I am not in the market for a brand that sells for $3500 bottle, but I want to get something nice. Any input would be welcomed!
Thanks!

Jono
09-29-2008, 15:04
Has he tried the EWSB? It is a very smooth, easy drinking bourbon.

http://www.evanwilliams.com/about_brands_article.shtml?article=MjM5OXN1cGVyMjM 5NnNlY3JldDI0MDM=

http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8975&highlight=ewsb

fishnbowljoe
09-29-2008, 15:10
Hello, and welcome to the boards. Just a friendly suggestion, you probably should have posted this under the "New To Straightbourbon" forum. Anyway, I hope you meant $35.00 and not $3500.:skep: If he likes Evan Williams that much, I would suggest you spend the few extra bucks, and get him a bottle of the Evan Williams Single Barrel. Otherwise, do a search of the threads here, and you'll find dozens of recommendations for bourbons of all different prices and tastes. Good luck. I hope you find the perfect gift. Joe

bluesbassdad
09-29-2008, 15:32
In addition to the other, fine suggestions you might consider other brands produced by the same distiller, Heaven Hill. For example, there's J.T.S. Brown bottled-in-bond (BIB). As noted in another thread two days ago, that's the brand Fast Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) ordered in the movie, "The Hustler" at the start of his match with Minnesota Fats. Henry McKenna is another Heaven Hill brand, one that I happen to have open right now. To my taste it is similar to the basic Evan Williams but with more depth of flavor.

Availability might be a problem, depending on your location.

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

Special Reserve
09-29-2008, 17:57
I always buy my father-in-law a nice bottle as a gift. We both enjoy bourbon. He normally drinks Evan Williams and I always assumed that he bought it due to its price, but he tells me that he thinks it is pretty good. I have bought him Maker's and Woodford in the past, but since he enjoys the EW, should I get him some of the older Evan Williams? I am not in the market for a brand that sells for $3500 bottle, but I want to get something nice. Any input would be welcomed!
Thanks!

If you do a little bourbon hunting, you may find some older EW Single Barrel. I'll bet they will go over well. If you use the search function, you should be able to find recommendations as to the better or "best" years.

mozilla
09-29-2008, 19:42
I always buy my father-in-law a nice bottle as a gift. We both enjoy bourbon. He normally drinks Evan Williams and I always assumed that he bought it due to its price, but he tells me that he thinks it is pretty good. I have bought him Maker's and Woodford in the past, but since he enjoys the EW, should I get him some of the older Evan Williams? I am not in the market for a brand that sells for $3500 bottle, but I want to get something nice. Any input would be welcomed!
Thanks!

It is also good to note your location since bourbon availability changes from state to state.

As a change to the Single Barrel, which I find rather boring....I would say EW 1783 "ole no. 10". It has some older juice mixed in and is either 86 or 90 proof.

smokinjoe
09-30-2008, 06:15
When I gift bourbon to someone, I try and make it connect on some sort of personal or apropos level. Like, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon--if it's a birthday. WT Kentucky Spirit--if they're from Kentucky. George T. Stagg--if they hunt. Old Grandad or Pappy Van Winkle--if they're having a grandchild. The recipients name is on the label (Harper, Williams, Lee, etc.). You get the picture. If I got nuttin' with that plan, I go with Four Roses Single Barrel, because it has a nice bottle, has a great story behind it, it's hard to get, and everyone--including non-bourbon drinkers--seems to love it.

Good Luck!

Dr. François
09-30-2008, 06:20
I suggest Elijah Craig 12.

Both EW and EC12 are from Heaven Hill.

It has got a similar overall profile to EW, just with more age, sweetness, and character. I love both, but I always keep EC12 on hand.

By the way...stay FAAAAR away from EC18. It's a whole different animal. I'm guessing a EW drinker would NOT like EC18.