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Evan Williams Green Label Bourbon Review

In Bourbon Whiskey Reviews by Jeffrey Schwartz12 Comments

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  • DISTILLER: Heaven Hill
  • MASH BILL: 78% Corn  | 12% Rye  | 10% Malted Barley
  • Fermentation: Standard
  • Cooperage: #3 Char New American Oak
  • AGE: At least four years
  • YEAR: 2020
  • PROOF: 80 Proof (40% ABV)
  • MSRP: $9.99
  • BUY ONLINE: Wine-Searcher.com

Nose:  Charred Oak  | Vanilla |   Jolly Rancher Apple   | Coconut

Taste:   Banana   | Cinnamon  | Coconut |  Cereal 

Finish:  A soft, medium-length finish with toasted oak, cinnamon, and cherries. 

Share with:  Hardcore fans of Evan Williams, Bourbon newbies, or mixologists.

Worth the Price:  This is a $10.00 Bourbon. It would be hard to say something’s not worth an Alexander Hamilton.

Bottle, Bar or Bust:  There’s nothing spectacular about this, but there’s nothing wrong with it, either. It is a very basic Bourbon, and for the price, you can’t miss, and that equals a Bottle. 

Overall:  I’m Mr. #RespectTheBottomShelf and when you enter the realm of $10 whiskeys, there’s no doubt where you’re looking – right at the bottom shelf.  Evan Williams Green Label is the most basic expression of the brand and is sold in fewer markets than you’d ever guess.

If you go to Heaven Hill’s or Evan Williams’s websites, you’ll notice that Green Label is not even listed among the offerings. That’s weird but not unheard of – for a long time Heaven Hill’s namesake brand wasn’t listed, either. It may have something to do with limited market availability.

Evan Williams Green Label is a far cry from Black Label and, in my opinion, the profile is much closer in profile to one of my favorite Bourbons: White Label. All three are charcoal-filtered and come from the same mash of 78% corn, 12% rye and 10% malted barley. The #3 char level offers an easy sipping experience and a good bang for the buck.

At 80°, this is a good entry-level Bourbon, especially considering the price. It also makes for a good mixer. It isn’t, however, something that I could see myself drinking on a regular basis, unlike White Label, which is a staple in the Whiskeyfellow library. But, it is something that should be experienced and I think most folks would appreciate it for what it is.  Cheers!

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Jeffrey Schwartz

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Known throughout Wisconsin (and now the world) as Whiskeyfellow, Jeff was a late-bloomer to the Wonderful World of Whiskey. At the suggestion of his wife, he started with Scotch and was hooked. He was under the impression that he was happy. A friend asked him several times to try Bourbon, and he eventually gave in, only to fall completely in love with it. Those first steps started him on his #DrinkCurious adventure that led him to #RespectTheBottomShelf. Jeff now relishes many types of whiskeys, ranging from the super-affordable to the super-premium and everything in between. Aside from simply sipping and writing about it, Jeff now enjoys spreading the whiskey gospel by hosting educational tasting events. Read Jeff's full profile.


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    I would also commend to your attention the Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch. In the standard 750 bottle it’s only a buck more than the White Label, and in a 1.75L, it’s the same price as the White Label at my Virginia State Store. I find it very smooth, very flavorful, and an all-around amazing bargain that stacks up well against some much more expensive bottles.

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      Thanks for that Ken! I’m aware of 1783, a little more expensive in my market (closer to $20). It’ll get reviewed as well. Cheers!

      1. Steve Coomes

        I recently interviewed a bunch workers from Heaven Hill’s plant, including some tasting team members, and several of them said they loved the EW 1783. That was a high endorsement for sure.

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    Years ago I saw a green label Evan Williams in a North Dakota store. I bam a fan of EW single barrel so purchased a bottle. It was marked down and i have ever since regretted not buying the few bottles left.
    I wrote Heaven Hills asking where I might find more in ND. The contact person knew nothing about a green label. I have also seen pictures of a red label.

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      I have a bottle of Red Label. It is age-stated 12 years and 101-proof. I could be wrong but I believe you have to get it at Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in Louisville or overseas. I’m not aware of another US-option.

      1. Steve Coomes

        That is correct: gift-shop mostly (meaning nearly all there, but available at the fewest amount of liquor stores possible so every tier of the 3-tier system gets a shot at it). Evan Williams single barrel lovers will enjoy the red 12.

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      I enjoy Evan Williams Single Barrel, a great value for some very good bourbon.

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      One of my favorite favorite offerings is Heaven Hill greem label. It has a 6 year age statement and comes in at 90 proof. It has limited distributorship in KY, but well worth the effort.

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    I usually buy Evan Williams green in the summer to mix with lemonade and ice tea. But this year, 2020, I noticed something different about the taste. I can’t put my finger on what it was so I began to check the label. Low and behold right there on the back label…Aged for at least 36 months. It changed from a straight bourbon with no age statement to a 3 year age statement. It’s still ok as a mixer, but I just wanted to put this out there.

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    Heaven Hills marketing is being somewhat dishonest in their decision to not put aging years on labels. When a product is changed and no note is put on the container, that is like putting new coke in a coke classic can. Deceptive move in my opinion.

    1. Patrick

      Rod, we feel your pain. It’s frustrating how brands casually choose not to provide consumers with an update. The lack of notice shows that a brand realizes the consumer places value on age. Yet those brands are often quick to state the age doesn’t matter as long as they work to maintain flavor consistency by choosing the right barrels for blending. It’s even more amusing when you know your history and realize that the founders of Heaven Hill were responsible in pushing the marketing angle that aged bourbon was a more desirable product back when its popularity was fading. Now brands are dealing with what they created while also pushing out limited releases for high prices that are often not as good as the lower cost everyday expressions. It’s a hot mess and only those who educate themselves will know what’s going on. Luckily for the industry most consumers don’t care enough to do their research and will follow the marketing all the way to the cash register. All you can do is #drinkcurious while drinking smart. Cheers!

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