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While in Virginia this afternoon I picked up a bottle of Evan Williams BIB. It is in the typical EW7 bottle but with a white label. Nothing came up on a sb.com search, so I'll ask now if anyone has tried this and if so what are your impressions? I plan on opening it tonight for an obscure 4-way shootout between EWBIB, Virginia Gentleman 80 proof, Jacob's Well and Old Pouge. I know that is a strange lineup, but It's all we've got back here in Whitesburg http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif
We've had the EW BIB, though it's been some time since it was on the bar here. I can't recall specifics, only that it reminded me of Fighting Cock (which I like) but not quite as good.
VG standard 80 proof expression? Hmmm...I may be wrong, but I would suggest you not get your hopes up.
My prediction for your shoot out is (from most to least favorite) is OP, JW, EW BIB, VG 80, although it's been a while, probably 6 years, since I've tasted JW. I'm curious to hear the results!
Where in VA were you?
I was in Norton, VA - about 20 miles across the border from Whitesburg KY. Maybe "Shootout" was too stong a word. It was more like, this is all we got, so we'll taste them http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif All of them, except the JW, were new to Brian, so I guess it was sort of a comparative tasting.
Anyway, the EWBIB was rather young tasting with a strong grainy "green corn" flavor. A little water helped to mellow the harsher notes. I'll try this again in a bourbon sour. I picked it up for $9.
The VG 80 was suprisingly unoffensive. Almost tasteless with a very short finish. I would compare it to Ten High in that regard. I paid $11 for it, which I think was too much. Maybe $7 would be a better price.
In the end we ranked them in the following order:
Evan Williams BIB
At least the highest price bourbon came out on top! That always gives the impression that you're correctly paying for quality.
Interesting that you compared VG 80 to Ten High. I have such a negative impression of VG 80 that we haven't bought it for years, but not so with Ten High, which I find very much like you describe it - not so much offensive, just a very fleeting, simple flavor.
So, VG 80 beats EW BIB in your duel. Obviously, I'm surprised. Of course, memory is a fallible thing, and taste changes from day to day. I guess that's one of the advantages of real time comparisons - at least it addresses the flaw of memory.
It would be interesting to do a Battle of the Bottom Shelf Bourbons sometime. Obviously, there are some ringers that I would remove - AAA, EW 1783. But who knows? Maybe there's another diamond in the rough out there.
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