This battle pits Evan Williams Single Barrel against Eagle Rare 10 year Single Barrel. The Evan Williams is aged about 9 years and is 86.6 proof, and the Eagle Rare is a 10 year old, and weighs in at 90 proof. I wasn’t very excited about this match up to begin with, and now I know why. Whie they are evenly matched, they are underwhelming. That said, I had to drink them, so you have to read about it! I guess I’m being a little over critical, but I have had some fantastic single barrel bourbons so far, and this match up was definitely a step down from what I’ve tried to date.
I started with the Evan Williams, which I’ve had before, and to be honest it was better than I remembered. It had a medium to heavy mouthfeel with lots of legs on the glass. It also had a very fruity flavor like pear and cherry. This was reflected in the nose as well. The finish was short and only lasted about 15 seconds. And easy drinker to be sure, but nothing that will set the world on fire.
The Eagle Rare 10 lived up to its reputation that preceded it. It was weak. Kind of like bourbon for babies. I expected this to come with its own sippy cup attached to the neck. It was like bourbon flavored koolaid. It had no body at all, very watery. It had only a slight oakiness to it which was surprising for it having been barreled for 10 years, and it had no finish at all. Very little burn and after it passed over your tongue all trace of it was gone. It was like you never even took a drink of bourbon.
So hands down the winner of this round was the Evan Williams, but I don’t hold out a lot of hope for it to make it any further. This match up was like the Cleveland Browns versus the Carolina Panthers, I guess someone has to win, but the real loser is the viewer. For those of you keeping score here is what the bracket looks like now:
Next round will be Wathen’s versus Knob Creek SB Reserve. I hope for much better things then!