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1783 Small Batch
American Hero Edition
2023 Annual Release
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
MSRP: $19.99 (American Hero Edition: $22.99)
Please enjoy our Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch Bourbon review!
How does Evan Williams 1783 Bourbon differ from the rest of the Evan Williams line?
I’ve always been a bit confused about where Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch falls in the Evan Williams spectrum, but today we are going to sort that out. The line consists of quite a few bourbons with proofs falling generally between 86 and 107, and with ages ranging from 3 to 23 years old. Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch Bourbon lies somewhere in the low middle of the range, being 6-8 years old and 90 proof.
What’s in a name?
According to the Evan Williams website: “Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch Bourbon honors the year that Evan Williams founded Kentucky’s First Distillery. Pulled from fewer than 200 barrels, this extra-aged small Batch Bourbon won the 2019 Consumers’ 2019 SIP Award.”
So, 1783 is the extra-aged version of Evan Williams’ flagship Bourbon, which is also colloquially known as “Evan Williams Black Label“. That one is age for 5 years, so the 1783 is older, and according to a 2021 press release, the barrels used are from 6 to 8 years old. It’s also at a higher proof point, 90 vs 86 proof for the Black Label. The bottle had a redesign in 2021, and at that point the proof was also raised from 86 to 90. However, they used the wording “return to 90 proof” so apparently the 1783 was previously at 90 proof. I’m not sure why there has been the back and forth.
The Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch American Hero Edition is a yearly limited release. First established in 2020, the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund continues the brand’s support of veteran communities via its Evan Williams American-Made Heroes program, established in 2015. To date, Evan Williams has recognized 54 veteran heroes through the American Hero Edition bottles and has donated $525,000 to nonprofits supporting the veteran community across the country.
All Evan Williams Bourbons use Heaven Hill’s standard bourbon mash bill of 78% corn, 12% malted barley, and 10% rye.
Tasting Notes – Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch Review
Let’s taste it:
🛌 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn
👉Nose: Sweet Fuji apples, pears, light smoke, caramel; subtle cinnamon; moderate alcohol
👉Taste: Cinnamon, rye spices, caramel; mild brown sugar sweetness, mild barrel char
👉Finish: Cinnamon continues into the finish and picks up a bit of hot cinnamon and white pepper spice; diminished, but still present, fruit and sweetness linger on, too; the Fuji apple changes to sweet apple juice; moderate burn; fairly long finish with a nice warmth
Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch Bourbon is a bit of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The nose has plenty of fruit, but the taste brings out some cinnamon and rye spices. By the finish, spices from hot cinnamon and white pepper dominate the show, but in a pleasant way. While the flavors do span the spectrum from sweet to hot, by no means is either of them at the extremes. The end result is an easy to drink, flavorful reasonably balanced bourbon, that has some complexity, which is more than I usually expect at this price point.
Have you tried Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch Bourbon? What did you think?
We hope you have enjoyed our Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch Bourbon review! If you would like to read about other bourbons in the Evan Williams line, check out our Evan Williams Bourbon Review, our Evan Williams Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon Review and our Evan Williams 12 Year Bourbon Review.
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