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    Evan Williams Family

    Has anyone ever had the opportunity to taste all of the EW brands in one night? I would like to know how you would rate them?
    Here is what I know that is out there:

    EWSB
    EW1783
    Ew grn lbl
    Ew blk lbl
    Ew whit lbl Bib
    Oh almost forgot the one in HHGS .. 24 yo for $450!!
    I guess we could go further with EWSB yrs.

    I have tried all but the Bib.
    We tasted in one night the grn ,1783,and ewsb 2002,2003
    My order would be:
    EWSB 2002
    EW1783
    EWSB2003 (this was the end of the btl,would like to try a fresh one against it)
    Ew grn lbl
    Ew blk
    (only cause I can't recall the blk,but I might actually rate that higher than the grn just from recollection)

    I have tried the blk lbl long time ago and can't remember anything about it other than I thought it was a good value for the money.Recently tried the grn lbl, which I have not seen around these parts,this one came from the FL. keys from a friend on vacation,(didn't even bring me one back!)

    What say ye?
    Everyday my spirit seems to find its way to the bottom of a glass...... Don

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    Re: Evan Williams Family

    I've not had the Green label, but I have tasted the rest, I believe, though not all at once. I have done EWB, EWBIB, and 1783 head-to-head-to-head, though. I'd also add the EWSB 04 to the mix.

    Here's how I'd rank them:
    EWSB 2004 (by a fair margin)
    EWSB 02 and 03 were good but unremarkable. I think a SB should be at least a little remarkable so I put them at the bottom.

    The rest, well, it really depends on my mood. I like the higher proof and big flavor of the BIB, but it also can come across a little young and harsh. 1783 has some nice vanilla and spice notes that aren't as present in either the BIB or EWB. And EWB is just so damn easy to drink. For the record, I try to keep all three on hand.
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    Re: Evan Williams Family

    I would rank them as follows:

    EWSB
    1783
    EWB
    EWW

    The single barrel has the most flavor, balance and complexity, good price as well. 1783 is just a bit fuller than EWB, which itself is the most remarkably consistent value brand out there. EWB is like an ordinary car that doesn't win any races but cranks every time you need to use it. EWW would be higher on my list but it can at times come across as rough around the edges.

    I didn't list the green because I don't like it, just varies too much. I've had some EWG that was a reasonably decent drink and some that was thin, harsh and hot.
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    Re: Evan Williams Family

    I've only had EWB and EWW... and agree with what Brisko and Squire have said.

    Handles of EWB are easily the most purchased bourbon in my house. Like the aforementioned gents have already stated, it's so damn easy to drink, and so reliable, at an unbeatable price... it's hard to stay away from.

    I also agree with the sentiment that EWW, while stronger flavored with a fuller body, can also be a bit too harsh around the edges. Sometimes I go crazy and do varying ratios of EWW and EWB mixes for any given pour. 60/40 usually... Nothing mathematical, just pour on a whim. What can I say, I like to live on the edge.

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    Re: Evan Williams Family

    As usual, it is impossible to disagree with the Squire. I had a nice pour of EWSB 2000 last night (carefully rationing it) as the best of the EWSB in my experience since '96. The other three I buy by the handle. EWB is available in OH. The others I stock when traveling.
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    Re: Evan Williams Family

    Haven't had any of the vintages, but I enjoy both the black and white label quite a bit, but the white label is something I always try to keep on hand and enjoy quite a bit more.

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    Re: Evan Williams Family

    Flyfish, I had a 2000 1B that just got better and better, the farther down it went. By the end of the bottle, I thought it was one of the best bourbons I'd had to that point. The EWB is the only handle I buy, used mainly for cooking/baking, but darn good enough to drink on its own.

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    Re: Evan Williams Family

    Quote Originally Posted by dSculptor View Post
    Has anyone ever had the opportunity to taste all of the EW brands in one night? I would like to know how you would rate them?
    Here is what I know that is out there:

    EWSB
    EW1783
    Ew grn lbl
    Ew blk lbl
    Ew whit lbl Bib
    Oh almost forgot the one in HHGS .. 24 yo for $450!!
    I guess we could go further with EWSB yrs.

    I have tried all but the Bib.
    We tasted in one night the grn ,1783,and ewsb 2002,2003
    My order would be:
    EWSB 2002
    EW1783
    EWSB2003 (this was the end of the btl,would like to try a fresh one against it)
    Ew grn lbl
    Ew blk
    (only cause I can't recall the blk,but I might actually rate that higher than the grn just from recollection)

    I have tried the blk lbl long time ago and can't remember anything about it other than I thought it was a good value for the money.Recently tried the grn lbl, which I have not seen around these parts,this one came from the FL. keys from a friend on vacation,(didn't even bring me one back!)

    What say ye?
    I say that written English is unlike written Hebrew or written Arabic in that it has characters that represent vwls.
    Jim

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    Re: Evan Williams Family

    Yr crrct Jim . . . . . . . . . .
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    Re: Evan Williams Family

    Quote Originally Posted by HighInTheMtns View Post
    I say that written English is unlike written Hebrew or written Arabic in that it has characters that represent vwls.
    Well I suppose if they mean that much to you, I will try to include them all in my future posts.I didn't realize my grammar was being scrutinized out here.
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