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Evan Williams Single Barrel 1998 Vintage, 43.3%

Price: $25 Issue: Spring 2008 Reviewer: John Hansell

Darker, more lush, and with less of the crisp, lively spice notes when compared to last year's vintage. (Keep in mind that single cask bottlings vary from cask to cask.) The predominant component of the new vintage is its layers of sweetness (toffee, molasses, vanilla fudge, and candy corn), with underlying nougat and glazed fruit. An enjoyable, soothing bourbon, but I would like to see more spice and fruit to go with the sweet notes. This whiskey will work nicely after dinner (perhaps with a cigar?)