Evan Williams Single Barrel 1996 Vintage, 43.3%

Price: $25 Issue: Spring 2006 Reviewer: John Hansell

The 11th annual vintage release of Evan Williams and, judging by the taste of this bourbon, there's no shortage of excellent bourbon to bottle. This is a rich, seductive bourbon. Sticky toffee, maple syrup, and vanilla cream notes up front are followed by candied fruit, refreshing mint, and spicy cinnamon. Dry, resinous oak finish. Kentucky's answer to a beautifully sherried Speyside single malt scotch. Outstanding!