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STLbourbon
12-24-2011, 22:56
I've been quite a fan of the 2000 vintage of EWSB. 2001 is pretty good. I just saw 2002 on the shelf, but haven't tasted it. Anyone had the 2002 to compare to the previous two years?

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maxblack
12-28-2011, 21:14
No, but I'm drinking the 2000 EWSB at the moment and love it, so much so I bought 13 bottles.....should keep me going. :grin:

I am also interested in how the 2002 compares (though I'm sure its good and i'm sure I'll try it)

Rockefeller
12-29-2011, 09:16
Here's an early review:
http://www.drinkhacker.com/2011/12/11/review-evan-williams-single-barrel-bourbon-2002-vintage/

I wasn't lucky enough to get the 2000, but currently on the last pours of a bottle of 2001. The 2001 is great as an everyday drink at it's price point, but I'm not in love with it. Not sure if going even woodier for the 2002 is the right direction.

dridge11
01-05-2012, 11:15
Thanks to my buddy yountvillewjs, two bottles of the 2000 have been located very nearby for $27/bottle. Sounds like they are worth grabbing???

Rockefeller
01-05-2012, 13:41
Thanks to my buddy yountvillewjs, two bottles of the 2000 have been located very nearby for $27/bottle. Sounds like they are worth grabbing???

If you're interested in the EWSB, it seems to be the best out of the most recent bunch.

As a side request: If anyone spots any EWSB 2000 on a liquor store shelf in NYC, please let me know. I can't find it anywhere.

dridge11
01-05-2012, 14:02
If you're interested in the EWSB, it seems to be the best out of the most recent bunch.

I've not tried the EWSB before...but seeing as these are close and seem to be reasonably priced, seems like a good bottle to get the introduction. My friend and I are going to split it, 1 bottle each.

bad_scientist
01-05-2012, 14:10
The Drinkhacker review says it pushes the wood (just like your mom w... oh, forget it), but other reviews I've read mention how sweet the first batch of the 2002 is, compared to recent years. Not a good development, IMO.

edit: or maybe not so much. These other reviews mention the sweetness, but also say the first barrel had some spice.

http://www.cigaraficionado.com/webfeatures/show/id/16241/p/2
http://lyke2drink.blogspot.com/2011/11/tuesday-tasting-evan-williams-single.html

moose
01-07-2012, 13:41
I'm still sitting on 2 bottles of the '01 at the store, have not gotten in any of the '02 yet, but I will be taking a bottle home with me when it does come in. I love all the variation in the EWSB's, makes every year a different bottle to taste on different occasions. Funny trying to remember what they each taste like though before you pour a glass.

trumpstylz
01-07-2012, 17:16
I'd steer clear of the 2001.

Rockefeller
01-07-2012, 17:46
I'd steer clear of the 2001.

I think it's OK. Just OK, not exactly ideal for sipping neat.

Please let me know if anyone sees the 2000 in NYC!

bad_scientist
01-07-2012, 17:59
Not a huge fan of the 2001, either. The 2000 disappeared faster than any other whiskey in my cabinet. But, lots of fans for the entire label, so maybe I'm an outlier. I just don't see paying $25 or more for it, when it's more of an ~$20 bottle, tastewise.

Parkersback
01-07-2012, 20:13
Not a huge fan of the 2001, either. The 2000 disappeared faster than any other whiskey in my cabinet. But, lots of fans for the entire label, so maybe I'm an outlier. I just don't see paying $25 or more for it, when it's more of an ~$20 bottle, tastewise.

Unless it gets really great reviews, I'm much more inclined to get EWSB's slightly older and more reliable older brother, EC12. It's the exact same price in my main store.

Makes me wish Very Rare Old Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond 10yr was still around!

bad_scientist
01-07-2012, 20:53
Makes me wish Very Rare Old Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond 10yr was still around!

My local bar has like one pour left of that very same whiskey - they should give you a 10% bonus for this, because I've been on the fence about it until now :) They're (a lot) overpriced for some stuff, but I can't pass this one up. I love that old HH profile so darn much...

Brisko
01-09-2012, 06:39
Unless it gets really great reviews, I'm much more inclined to get EWSB's slightly older and more reliable older brother, EC12. It's the exact same price in my main store.

Makes me wish Very Rare Old Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond 10yr was still around!

Henry McKenna single barrel runs around the same price or a little higher. 10 years and 100 proof. I wish EWSB was bottled at 100 proof, honestly.

bgageus
01-09-2012, 13:02
I bought a Mckenna Single Barrell a few weeks back and opened it with a few freinds. They all liked it so much they jotted down the barrel number and went to the place I got mine and each bought their own.
I dont know much about the product line and where if falls in relation to EW or other HH products, but we really enjoyed it more than any EW vintage that we had tried.

mosugoji64
01-09-2012, 17:01
Henry McKenna single barrel runs around the same price or a little higher. 10 years and 100 proof. I wish EWSB was bottled at 100 proof, honestly.

Agreed. I think HH juice really shines at 100 proof. EWSB is interesting, but screams for higher proof.

The Boozer
01-10-2012, 07:33
After my negative experience with the 1998 and 1999, only bought 1 bottle of the 2000. Huge improvement. Missed out on finding any other 2000's. Did not try 2001 although plenty of the shelves. Mixed reviews? Will try the 2002.

Josh
01-10-2012, 07:36
I always get at least one EWSB of the newest vintage, cause I'm a sucker like that.

My opinion regarding the last five vintages:
1997>1998=1999>2000>2001

That said, there are some retailer bottlings of the 2001 that are pretty good.

The McKenna is kind of hit or miss for me. It's an excellent value, but the last bottle I got was kind of dull. Elijah Craig is always a winner, but the fun of the EWSB is how it changes from year to year and from barrel to barrel.

I want to give my opinion on the quality of reviews on drinkhacker, but my mother told that if I can't say anything nice, I shouldn't say anything at all.

Josh
01-10-2012, 07:39
After my negative experience with the 1998 and 1999, only bought 1 bottle of the 2000. Huge improvement. Missed out on finding any other 2000's. Did not try 2001 although plenty of the shelves. Mixed reviews? Will try the 2002.

You didn't care for the 98 or 99? That's interesting. I have a 97 and a private bottle of the 00 in the old bunker. Come over and see me sometime!

dohidied
01-14-2012, 17:44
I haven't seen the 2002 yet. I've only had the 1998 and 2000, both of which I liked. I actually saw 3 bottles of 1989 today, but they wanted $40. He said $35 if I bought 2.

Josh
01-14-2012, 17:48
I haven't seen the 2002 yet. I've only had the 1998 and 2000, both of which I liked. I actually saw 3 bottles of 1989 today, but they wanted $40. He said $35 if I bought 2.

89 is pretty good, I would put it on par with the 2000, at least the bottle I had.

cowdery
01-15-2012, 13:24
I've had the 2002 and, with the 2001, I think we're getting an idea how EWSB is going to taste going forward. It's similar to the 2001 but maybe a step or two more fully developed. Bittersweet dark chocolate is the dominant flavor. It's so round, you can almost mistake it for a wheater.

dridge11
01-19-2012, 15:16
wallywine.com shows the 2000 pictured as available for sale. probably just a stock photo but might be worth checking out for the 2000 fans.

trumpstylz
01-19-2012, 15:48
I know where some binnys hand picked 2000 is located.

Also- a buddy saw hand picked 2000- at friar tucks down in champagne, il but that was probably 4 months ago or so.

smgrey24
04-13-2012, 12:00
In my never-ending quest to expand my horizons, had my first pour of an Evan Williams product this week Evan Williams Single Barrel 2002. I found it to have a very caramel nose, a citrus taste with an easy finish. Pleasant but nondescript IMO. Was curious so searched the forum and found this older thread about the 2002. However, not many had tried the 2002 back then. How about now any updated opinions? In addition, since this was my first go at Evan Williams which should I try next: 1783 Small Batch? Green? Black? White? (Note: Would rather have my vodka flavored not my bourbon so think I will pass on the honey, cinnamon, & eggnog). Evan Williams suggestions would be greatly appreciated. :thankyousign:


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mosugoji64
04-13-2012, 13:01
Evan Williams suggestions would be greatly appreciated. :thankyousign:

Avoid the green label. If you want experience with the basic EW profile, get the black label. I tend to prefer the white label BIB or 1783, but they're significantly different from the black label.

Young Blacksmith
04-13-2012, 16:49
Looks like you have a slightly different than run of the mill one there. Hand picked!

Having run through most of the EW/EC profile, the EWSB and the EC12 are my favorites. I have yet to try 1783 though, and I have a bottle of the white in my bunker. I have to take a trip to Louisiana to get that.

MauiSon
09-09-2012, 18:48
You're in the store and they have 2 different barrels of EWSB 2002 available. Do you choose 2 of the darker colored juice, 2 lighter or 1 of each? [On sale @ $21.99] {I chose 2 darker, aged 10 yr, 3mo}

Trey Manthey
09-10-2012, 06:16
You're in the store and they have 2 different barrels of EWSB 2002 available. Do you choose 2 of the darker colored juice, 2 lighter or 1 of each? [On sale @ $21.99] {I chose 2 darker, aged 10 yr, 3mo}

Personally, I would buy the dark one, then as I'm walking out the door, make an awkward comment to the cashier about accidentally picking up the wrong bottle. Then I would swap for the light one. Then I'd come back the next day and buy the dark one. After a couple more days, I would start to feel nervous about "missing out" and go back and buy the rest of the bottles.

smokinjoe
09-10-2012, 07:25
Personally, I would buy the dark one, then as I'm walking out the door, make an awkward comment to the cashier about accidentally picking up the wrong bottle. Then I would swap for the light one. Then I'd come back the next day and buy the dark one. After a couple more days, I would start to feel nervous about "missing out" and go back and buy the rest of the bottles.

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Welcome! This is a sure sign of your contraction of Whiskirexia Nervosa...Of which, there is no cure. There is a colony for those of us who have it, here on SB. So, you are among friends. :D

You can read more on the affliction, here:

http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?11206-Do-you-have-it&highlight=nervosaSB.


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