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justataste
04-11-2013, 11:23
I've been digging thru the archives but haven't found much on EW 1783, which is supposed to be aged a little longer than the EWB.

Anybody try it? Thoughts or characteristics? I appreciate any comments.

higgins
04-11-2013, 12:46
I don't know what the respective ages are anymore since they both went NAS, but EW1783 definitely tastes a bit older to me. It has a more rounded flavor and much less of the grainy note that I get from EWB.

EW1783 isn't anything special, but to me it just has that quintessential 'bourbon taste'. The price is right, too, at just $10 around here.

PaulO
04-11-2013, 13:49
I would say that EW 1783 is one of the least expensive whiskies that I could recommend. I was never sure why it seemed to be a few bucks cheaper than regular EW. Keep in mind when reading old posts that a few years ago, both had age statements, now they don't.

squire
04-11-2013, 15:07
They're about as close to brothers as whiskys can be. Originally designed by Parker Beam (reputably his favorite) 1783 was older (10 years) close in proof (86 vs 90) a bit richer, rounder and smoother than Evan Williams Black label without being a lot more expensive. Times changed but the flavor profile is still more so than EWB.

Flyfish
04-11-2013, 15:45
I have considered suggesting EW 1783 as BOTM. At only about a dollar more for a 750, it seems significantly superior to regular EW. I buy it by the handle when I get a chance. (Of course, I buy lots of bourbon by the handle when I get a chance.)

squire
04-11-2013, 15:57
1783 is certainly a candidate for purchase by the handle.

JVande
08-19-2013, 15:32
Decided to pick up an EW 1783 as a cheap bottle to have in the hotel during my travels this week. Anyone have an educated guess on the age? It has a very nice nose and so far a distinct upgrade from EWB. I will throw out 7-9 year bourbon as I get more of a resemblance to the EWSB that I have open at the house.

squire
08-19-2013, 16:06
Originally of course it was age stated at 10 years and though that has fallen off the label the brand/flavor profile is still of an older, richer version of EWB.

393foureyedfox
08-19-2013, 20:46
i used to use the 1783 around the holidays to make a spiced apple-bourbon batch. i tried it with other brands but the 1783 worked best. i dont know how or why i settled on the 1783.....maybe the label and price got my attention one day. havent tried it straight in some time though.

higgins
08-19-2013, 21:07
Considering that the current NAS 1783 is surely closer to 7 years than it used to be, it might be interesting to compare it to the old 7 year age-stated EWB. I would, but I'm fresh out of both.

mosugoji64
08-19-2013, 23:11
Considering that the current NAS 1783 is surely closer to 7 years than it used to be, it might be interesting to compare it to the old 7 year age-stated EWB. I would, but I'm fresh out of both.

I don't think that would be a fair comparison as the age-stated bottles will be pre-fire HH and taste quite a bit different from current HH. Many have commented on the prominent eucalyptus flavor that was common in older HH bottles but is nonexistent in what they're making now. It was a love-it-or-hate-it thing. I like current HH bottles quite a lot and while I find their older, pre-fire stuff interesting it's not something I reach for often.

squire
08-20-2013, 07:44
I think comparison is valuable because most all information is useful but Brian is correct, they're different creatures today.

brettckeen
08-20-2013, 10:10
10yr 1783 is really really good if you can find it. EWB is a great mixer.

HighHorse
08-21-2013, 13:56
I think 1783 is one of the best values out there. It is the bar brand at The Porch where we congregate and, at $4.50 a pour .. it's the go-to when you just want a refreshing bourbon on ice without a lot of thought going into the purchase. At around $10 bucks .. it is better than many you can pay many more time for IMO.
We did find some of the old 10-year old up in Georgia and have a few bunkered. It is much better than today's "10-star" ... but ... it's all good.

JPBoston
08-21-2013, 15:33
Yet another value brand I can't get here in AZ.

boneuphtoner
08-22-2013, 17:27
I've tried the current versions back to back. 1783 is a more refined pour without some of the raw edges of the black label, but they are very similar.

sailor22
08-23-2013, 10:41
Recently did a comparo with an older 10yr age stated 1783 with a current release 1783. No contest there, the 10yr was much better. I used to recommend the 1783 when it was a 10yr but I don't any longer. The NAS juice does seem to hold up well to water as in melting ice, just doesn't work for me as a neat sipper. I still have a number of Bourbon knowledgable friends who drink it with ice and like it as a value pour.

squire
08-23-2013, 10:53
The 10 year version is certainly worth stocking up if you can find any.

capitals83
08-25-2013, 18:33
I used to be a huge fan of EW 1783. But in the past few years I have been reaching for EW BIB and FC instead. I guess my tastes have just changed to higher proof expressions.

squire
08-25-2013, 18:51
I think 1783 would definitely be improved by moving the proof upwards.

Flyfish
09-04-2013, 12:14
I've tried the current versions back to back. 1783 is a more refined pour without some of the raw edges of the black label, but they are very similar.

That's my experience as well but, at only about $1 more, I'll go for the 1783 everytime.

Brisko
09-13-2013, 08:21
We just got 1783 in our market and I've been tasting them head to head over the past couple of weeks. They are very similar but 1783 has a much nicer nose. Also a really noticeable spice flavor, nutmeg I think. I can't remember another pour where it was so prominent.

The price gap is a little wider here, about $5 difference on a liter.

squire
09-13-2013, 14:18
Liter pricing seems to be the wild card in other areas as well.

Flyfish
09-15-2013, 16:33
Liter pricing seems to be the wild card in other areas as well.

I recently bought a liter of WT101 at an Iowa Costco for $22.89. The OH price for a liter is $33.95. That's an outrageous spread.