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EVAN WILLIAMS GREEN LABEL BOURBON
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!