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    Evan Williams 1783

    Just wanted to get a fresh discussion going on 1783... it's newly available in my area and I'd like to see everyone's thoughts on it. Specifically, what separates it from the black label and the BiB.

    I know it used to be age stated... but I don't know what it offers in comparison now.

    What do you guys think about it?

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    Re: Evan Williams 1783

    I haven't had a recent bottle, but had one a few years ago before it was labeled "Small Batch." That bottle was loaded with a candied corn husk flavor that I enjoyed quite a bit. I currently have a bottle of the 10yr that has that unique old HH flavor. If you've had EC18, it's similar to that but with less of the pronounced oak flavor. Now that it's available here it's on my "to-buy" list. Give us your thoughts on what the new version is like.

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    Re: Evan Williams 1783

    To me it's just meh, not worth the extra $.

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    Re: Evan Williams 1783

    In these parts its the same price as EW black for the 750ml. I like it well enough. Not spectacular, but a decent sip.

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    Re: Evan Williams 1783

    Twenty years ago there were these three, in order of price:

    a) Evan Williams black label, 7 years old, 90 proof.

    b) Evan Williams 1783, 10 years old, 86 proof.

    c) Old 1889 Royal, 12 years old, 86 proof.

    1783 was a step up from EWB in fullness, richness and complexity, not by much, just enough to justify a higher cost. 1889 Royall was just a little older and priced just a little higher. Frankly, I thought 1889 was the simplest profile of the three and slightly woody. I always suspected that's what HH did with leftover whisky that had gotten older.

    1783 was Master Distiller Parker Beams favorite in the times before small batch/single barrel, etcs, and was my choice as well. Today the EWB and 1783 are so close I would have to see the label to be sure which one I was drinking.
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    Re: Evan Williams 1783

    Do you know the significance of 1889 relative to EW?

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    Re: Evan Williams 1783

    I believe 1889 was an old Dowling brand that HH picked up along the way. I don't think it had any significance, just another label to use offering a 12/86 in the competitive price category.

    I believe 1889 was created originally for the Kansas City area and the name Royal may have had some connection to that city.
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    Re: Evan Williams 1783

    Since 1783 became available here a few months ago I have done a few informal head-to-heads with EWB. They are more similar than different to my taste. I do find a big hint of nutmeg in 1783 that is absent in EWB. If i had to guess i would say that EWB is in the 6 to 7 year old range, and that 1783 is similar but with 10 to 20% older whiskey in the mix (say 10 years or more). I usually keep both on hand.

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    Re: Evan Williams 1783

    I found EW 1783 to be one of the better low priced bourbons @ $10 - $11. Compared to EW black label, the 1783 had much less of the eucalyptus and pepper taste.

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    Re: Evan Williams 1783

    Thanks for the replies. I'll get around to trying it soon enough, but it's always fun to read up on everyone's thoughts.

    There seems to be a bit of a pricing oddity here. EWB is $14.99 for a handle, while 1783 goes for $27. EW White is also $27, I'm just about to finish my first bottle, and find it quite enjoyable.... just seems odd that 1783 would be the same price.

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