There’s a lot going on in this triple wheat ale, and it continues to evolve as it warms in the glass. The nose is heady and intense, as assertive aromas of orange, peach, white strawberry, yeast and spice mingle with hidden accents of barnyard and earth. The complexity continues in the mouth with a texture like liquid velvet: creamy but light and clean. The…
Extremely flavorful and rich, with a lush caramel scent and notes of butterscotch, hazelnut, toffee and fig. Savor with an ice cube or two. The 2002 edition represents the 17th year of production for this bottling.
The first nosing passes find tight notes of molasses and walnut; aeration time releases bigger scents of nutmeg and spiced apple. The palate entry is wonderfully warm and spicy; at midpalate the taste turns cocoa- and vanilla-like, creamy and honeyed. Concludes creamy and delicious.
Aromas feature plums, red berries, raisins, cherry preserves and poppy seed. The palate entry is sleek and woody sweet; the midpalate finds flavors of pipe tobacco, marzipan, dark caramel, fudge and chocolate orange. Finishes stately yet vivacious. Find and buy.
Shows attractive, bittersweet vanilla extract, cracker and cocoa bean-like aromas. Palate entry is beany, bittersweet and intensely vanilla extract-like; by midpalate, the bittersweet, almost honey or molasses-like taste profile soars on the tongue. Finishes semisweet, intense.
Deep bronze hue. Mature aromas of lanolin, almond oil and creamed corn greet the olfactory sense; aeration unleashes full-throttle scents of toasty oak and vanilla extract: a top-notch Bourbon bouquet. Palate entry is dry, complex and toasty; midpalate offers sweet, grainy tastes of Wheat Thins, oil and sap. Aftertaste is oaky, sweet and intensely grainy. Another…
The sumptuous bouquet smells of old leather, old books, toasted marshmallow, pipe tobacco, prune Danish, dried fruit, salted butter and caramel cream. Entry is hugely luscious, succulent, ripe and sweet; the midpalate is concentrated, ripe, fruity, sherry-like and caramelized. Concludes balanced yet sweetly honeyed. A fat, glossy masterpiece.
Evan Williams has released a vintage Bourbon every year since 1986, and they tend to be excellent. The 2003 edition upholds that reputation, layering butterscotch, sturdy oak and rich maple, and finishing mellow and smooth. Recommended for sipping straight up, or with ice.