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    Evan Williams 7 year...Underated???

    Does anyone else here think Evan Williams 7 year is an underated bourbon? I go back to it from time to time (it's very inexpensive) and it is an enjoyable beverage. Ranks up there with some of the best IMHO.

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    Re: Evan Williams 7 year...Underated???

    It's on my list. I really enjoy the Single Barrel and I've just rediscovered the Elijah Craig 12, so I think the 7yo will be the next everyday bottling to get.

    It'd be good to hear more opinions on this one...or if anyone's tried the Red 12yo.

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    Re: Evan Williams 7 year...Underated???

    I tried the single barrel a few weeks ago...it was good also.

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    Re: Evan Williams 7 year...Underated???

    I bought one bottle of it when it was on sale a few years ago. That was when it was 90-proof. It was okay but on the thin side for my tastes. It was not difficult to drink it all, but I doubt that I will try it, again.

    My favorite low-cost pour (that is available, locally) is Old Grand Dad 86-proof. It has a substance to it that I did not find in EW. My second choice would probably be Old Forester 86, but I usually step up to the 100-proof when I buy that.

    Tim

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    Re: Evan Williams 7 year...Underated???

    My second choice would probably be Old Forester 86, but I usually step up to the 100-proof when I buy that.

    I agree Tim, Old Forester is a great buy and I too go with the 100 proof instead of the 86; As long as they have it. When I was on vacation in Fla this past April every store only had the 86!

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    Re: Evan Williams 7 year...Underated???

    Most stores in Maryland that carry Old Forester only sell the 86 proof and the one store that stocks 100 proof usually fills that slot with the former. When I see the 100 , I usually pick up a few bottles. I believe the 100 uses older barrels.

    Anyway the 86 proof is not bad by any means. The new packaging is nice also.

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    Re: Evan Williams 7 year...Underated???

    The 86 proof is six years old; the 100 proof is nine years old.

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    Re: Evan Williams 7 year...Underated???

    The 86 proof is six years old; the 100 proof is nine years old.
    Do you have a source for that claim?

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    Re: Evan Williams 7 year...Underated???

    The back of my bottles says "4 years old."

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    Re: Evan Williams 7 year...Underated???

    I always took that to mean at least 4 years old, to comply with the BIB laws. I think we had a discussion a while back and the consensus was that the OF100 is probably older than 4 years. It certainly tastes more complex than other 4 year olds on the market IMHO.

 

 

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