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bluntman
09-30-2006, 23:34
Hi guys. I've been kind of lurking and learning from this forum for a while, as an avid bourbon drinker. Today I was looking for some suggestions for something new to try apart from my usual Elijah Craig 12yo and saw people recommending Evan Williams Single Barrel. After looking at a several stores near my home, I was unable to locate any and settled for the white label instead. So my question is two-fold.

First, does anyone know of a web site that might tell where to find a specific drink in a specific area? Second, how is the white label compared to the single barrel? I've been sort of un-wowed by the white label so far.

TNbourbon
09-30-2006, 23:46
...First, does anyone know of a web site that might tell where to find a specific drink in a specific area?..

Not to my knowledge. The best I've been able to do is use the yellow pages online to find liquor stores for a specific area, then either use the telephone or visit directly to ascertain stock.


...Second, how is the white label compared to the single barrel?..

It doesn't. The Single Barrel is 9-10 years old, while the white label is likely four. White's proof is lower. It's selected to a different taste profile (and the SB is varied slightly each year, besides) -- which means it's aged in a different warehouse, different floor, inside or outside, et al, or any combination thereof.
About the greatest similarity between the two is that they are made from the same mashbill -- because ALL of Heaven Hill's rye-recipe bourbons are made from the same mashbill.

FlashPuppy
10-01-2006, 00:14
If you post what area you live in, perhaps some folks can give you some good suggestions.

Virus_Of_Life
10-01-2006, 00:15
White Label Evan Williams? Must be something not available in my area, is it the 1783 by any chance? Or something different I've never heard of...

I'd have to say if you read enough here, this site is the best resource for "where to find 'that' bourbon" for example I just saw tonite that Bevmo is listing Old Rip Van Winkle 15 year in stock for the first time in a very long time; Yeah I know this is actually Pappy 15 and not Old Rip, but nonetheless good info and good to see as Pappy in and of itself is pretty damn hard to find around here... They are also offering a $25 gift card with an online purchase of $150, that's essentially like getting 16.6% off because you know that card is just going to go towards buying more bourbon (or tequila). I can already see where my overtime hours are going, more bourbon to put in storage until I find a nice home to live since the move to Seal Beach fell through and for now I am crashing in Huntington Beach.

bluntman
10-01-2006, 00:23
@anyone who wants to make suggestions for a liquor store: I live around Birmingham, AL, USA.

@Virus_Of_Life: It seems to be called Evan Williams White Label as described on this (http://www.evanwilliams.com/about_brands.shtml) page. Unfortunately, there isn't much more information there.

Hedmans Brorsa
10-01-2006, 04:20
The EW white label is indeed depicted in Jim Murray´s bourbon book. There are no tasting notes, though.

I have never seen this whiskey anywhere and it could possibly also be the first time I hear someone discussing it. Could it be available only in certain areas of the US?

gr8erdane
10-01-2006, 04:20
Sorry Tim but the white label I have is the BIB which is 100 proof and therefore higher than EWSB's 86.6 proof. I think 4 yrs is correct though.

smokinjoe
10-01-2006, 06:45
@anyone who wants to make suggestions for a liquor store: I live around Birmingham, AL, USA.

@Virus_Of_Life: It seems to be called Evan Williams White Label as described on this (http://www.evanwilliams.com/about_brands.shtml) page. Unfortunately, there isn't much more information there.
Welcome, Bluntman. You've got your work cut out for you in finding many bourbons in B'ham, or all of Alabama for that matter. Just ask Tim ("Ratcheer" on this site) about that. :banghead: Your fine state has a lot going for it (Tide and War Eagles, RTJ Golf Trail, etc) but you get the shaft on bourbon selection in the ABC stores! I'd recommend making a road trip to Atlanta and stocking up! Can't get some offerings, but you'll certainly find more than in B'ham, including EWSB. Or if you're really adventurous, head North to Tennessee. If Kentucky is bourbon nirvana, than Tennessee is just outside the gate. :D
:toast:
JOE

barturtle
10-01-2006, 07:02
Well looks like Alabama has a pretty crap (http://www.abcboard.state.al.us/) listing of liquor. But there is some info there about importing that may come in handy.

ratcheer
10-01-2006, 07:07
Some of the best things I know of that you can get in the AL ABC stores include:

Wild Turkey Rare Breed and WT 101-proof
Knob Creek
Jim Beam Black Label
1792 Ridgemont Reserve (I don't care for it, but many do)
Old Forester Signature

You'll find the shopping better if you travel to Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, or Mississippi. Maybe Florida, but I haven't tried that, yet.

Tim

TNbourbon
10-01-2006, 09:27
Sorry Tim but the white label I have is the BIB which is 100 proof and therefore higher than EWSB's 86.6 proof. I think 4 yrs is correct though.

Yeah, you're right -- regarding the proof, I was thinking of the green label. The white label isn't available to me here in Middle Tennessee. I have to drive an hour or so southeast, till I'm into the SE Tennessee (Chattanooga) area to find it.

boone
10-01-2006, 10:20
Sorry Tim but the white label I have is the BIB which is 100 proof and therefore higher than EWSB's 86.6 proof. I think 4 yrs is correct though.

Exactly, Dane :grin: A gold star sticker for you :grin: :grin:

The Evan Williams, white, BIB is 4 years old.

Bettye Jo

BobA
10-01-2006, 13:14
Welcome. Several of us are in the Atlanta area, so if you can give a heads up whenever you're headed this way, you can probably get a recommendation for a good store or two.

Bob

boone
10-01-2006, 13:25
Welcome. Several of us are in the Atlanta area, so if you can give a heads up whenever you're headed this way, you can probably get a recommendation for a good store or two.

Bob

I have found the Google search gives terrific information.

Want to see some of the liquor stores in Louisville, Kentucky?...

Just punch it up and it will give you "most" the info you need...I can almost bet there are many more stores in Lousiville, but it's a start.

http://www.hellolouisville.com/YP/c_LIQUORSTORES.Cfm

Here's one for Lexington, Ky :grin:

http://www.superpages.com/yellowpages/C-Liquor+Stores/S-KY/T-Lexington/

Try a search in your city and see if it helps. I hope so. Might save you a lot of time.

A few calls will track down specific bottlings (if available) in that area :grin: :grin: :grin:

Many here are on the trails of the Rittenhouse 21...I hope this helps them track which liquor store has it first.

Bettye Jo

Nebraska
10-01-2006, 18:45
Welcome Bluntman, masked hunter of bourbons. Mail order is a wonderful thing if you're in the bourbon and rye desert (like the state of Nebraska). Providing you can have things shipped to you in Alabama.

bluntman
10-01-2006, 19:03
Unfortunately, mail order isn't an option in our great state. Apparently, our government hasn't figured out how to make money off of it yet :rolleyes:

I will be in ATL next weekend, though. Taking my daughter to Six Flags for her birthday. Do you guys have any recommendations for stores on that side of town?

ProofPositive
10-02-2006, 00:39
Some of the best things I know of that you can get in the AL ABC stores include:

Wild Turkey Rare Breed and WT 101-proof
Knob Creek
Jim Beam Black Label
1792 Ridgemont Reserve (I don't care for it, but many do)
Old Forester Signature

You'll find the shopping better if you travel to Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, or Mississippi. Maybe Florida, but I haven't tried that, yet.

Tim

Tim, you are really over a barrel there in 'Bama. As I said, I found out myself while in Decatur back in July. Out of that group you name, the only one I would spend time with is the WTRB - and maybe KC every so often. The rest make good mixers at least. I think a few of us in surrounding states should undertake a mission of mercy to you on at least a quarterly basis to deliver some relief from the outside.....kind of like the Berlin Airlift.

BobA
10-02-2006, 10:10
The only store I visit much in Cobb County is Mink's on Delk Rd, off I-75 just north of I-285. Used to work in Douglas COunty, but inthe years since it has grown a lot; probably a good store there by now.

Bob

Big Chipper
10-02-2006, 11:48
I thought the white label EW was BIB, at least it is where I shop.

cowdery
10-02-2006, 14:13
The EW white label is a fur-un critter to us yankees.

Nebraska
10-02-2006, 17:56
One piece of advise, never try to drink bourbon on a roller coaster.

That sounded funnier when I was thinking it, as opposed to looking at it in print.

reg
10-02-2006, 19:48
Hey try this place in Center Point. Its a package store , but prices are resonable. I've found some good finds in Weller, B. T. and E.W. in bond. The closest place to get E.W.S.B is Tower in Atlanta.

HighTower
10-02-2006, 20:04
One piece of advise, never try to drink bourbon on a roller coaster.


If I can offer some advice, something which I encountered while I was in Sydney recently, don't go to Sizzler for lunch and drink 2 bottles of bourbon (between 4 of us) and then go on a rollercoaster. Not pretty.
The only positive thing was that there was more room for bourbon afterwards :lol: