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Evan Williams, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon Whiskey


Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon is bottled solely from one barrel hand-selected by Master Distiller’s Parker & Craig Beam, Created from a single barrel selection not from the mingling of many barrels, which is the practice for standard blended Bourbons.


Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage is the first and only vintage-dated Single Barrel Bourbon. Like a fine wine, each bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon contains a vintage date telling when it was put in oak. The most recent vintage is 1997.


The elegant bottle is sealed with a cork stopper, finished in black wax and features a distinctive label and gift carton that reflect the hand-crafted care that goes into the making of this Bourbon.


Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage

Awards & Accolades


Every year, a new vintage of Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon is released to critical acclaim.

1992 Vintage

"Spirit of the Year" by Food & Wine

"Best Bottling" by Wine Enthusiast

1991 Vintage

"Domestic Whiskey of the Year" by The Malt Advocate

"Spirit of the Year" by Wine & Spirits

1990 Vintage

"Whiskey of the Year" by The Spirit Journal

Evan Williams Whiskey History.

Evan Williams, born a Welshman, settled in Virginia and moved to what would become Kentucky (at the time was Fincastle County of Virginia) in about 1780.


Like most frontiersmen, he grew crops; however getting them to market over narrow trails and steep mountains was a daunting task. Williams soon learned that converting his corn and other grains to whiskey made them easily transportable, prevented the excess grain from simply rotting, and gave them a little welcome diversion from the rough life of the frontier.


In 1783 Evan Williams set up his small distillery on the Ohio River at the foot of what is now Fifth Street in Louisville, thereby becoming Kentucky's First Distiller.


According to an article in the Louisville Courier-Journal of 29 April 1889, "Williams was a member of the early Board of Trustees of Louisville, and tradition says he never attended a meeting of the board without bringing a bottle of his whiskey, and that what he brought was always drank by the members before the meeting adjourned." He was censured every time for doing so, but still he never left with a full jug!


Williams was later appointed Harbour Master of the port of Louisville, and supervised construction of the Jefferson County Jail in 1802-03. He died in October of 1810, and is widely considered "Kentucky's First Distiller."

Evan Williams Bourbon Whisky Expressions


Evan Williams Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, (Black Label).

Black Label the second largest selling brand of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey in the U.S.  


Named after Kentucky's first distiller of 1783. As the flagship brand of

Heaven Hill's Bourbon portfolio,


Evan Williams' extra aging gives it a richer, smoother Bourbon taste.


It was give a 90-rating by Wine Enthusiast who commented that Evan Williams has, "a deep vanilla nose...and the palate shows notes of oak, vanilla and dark berries."


Nose: Slightly sharp and green with a touch of menthol.


Taste: A very sweet start with soft brown sugars and caramel. As the middle is reached there is a hint of spice and maltiness.


Finish: A gentle finale to a light, easy-going whiskey. Limited vanilla and a little oak sap add extra weight but the small grains, especially the malt, do hang on to the finish.


Comments: An easy number, this. A fresh, light weight throughout makes this one not for those looking for the intensity you might expect at 7 years but a gentle, sweet, untaxing journey with not a bump along the way."


Jim Murray

Classic Bourbon, Tennessee & Rye Whiskey Tasting note Kindly supplied by Heaven Hill Distilleries


Also available as

Green Label 4 Years Old

White Label

Red Label 12 Year Old

Blue Label 23 year Old

Evan Williams 1783 10 Year Old