I had my first taste of Evan Williams Black today. It was very sweet, with the same basic sweet flavor which I find in EC 12 and Henry McKenna 10 yo single barrel. There was nothing harsh or unpleasant, and I enjoyed the sweetness, but I found myself disappointed by its lack of uniqueness; it tasted like older Heaven Hill whiskey, minus the complexity and length. Perhaps, if this were the only whiskey produced by Heaven Hill, it would be worth consuming, but as is I suspect that I will never feel a craving for this bourbon.
With other younger whiskeys, I experience enjoyable notes which seem to be modified with age, rather than just added to, so that I still desire to consume the younger whiskey for variety. Which younger whiskeys do you most enjoy?
I recently have been greatly enjoying WT 101, although earlier in my bourbon drinking days I found it harsh and astringent. It has a salty taste, and a nice strong char. In Russel's Reserve, I find the salty sensation absent, and the char taste completely modified and softened. The char in WT 101 tastes like, what I imagine a plank of burnt oak would taste like were I to give one a lick (I have never done so), while Russel's Reserve reminds me more of burnt leaves. In Rare Breed, I taste more leather, which I have been attributing to its >10 year old component.
Another younger bourbon which I appreciate is Jim Beam White. Again, this is a bourbon which I did not care for in the past; I found it harsh and bitter.