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Our namesake, Evan Williams, founded Kentucky’s first commercial distillery along the banks of the Ohio River in 1783. Today, Evan Williams is the second largest selling Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey in the US and the world, distilled just a few blocks from the site where Evan himself built his distillery. Our Bourbons are made with a time-honored recipe, distilled and then carefully aged for a smooth and rich taste that has been perfected over generations.

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Black label tasting notes

  • Proof

    86 Proof
  • Color

    Medium Amber
  • Nose

    Light with deep vanilla and mint
  • Taste

    Notes of oak, brown sugar and caramel
  • Finish

    Medium to long

Evan Williams is a smooth, easy to drink Bourbon named after Evan Williams who, in 1783, opened Kentucky’s first commercial distillery along the banks of the Ohio River. Many years and barrels later, we’re still producing Bourbon with the same time-honored methods that Evan Williams did years ago.

Today, Evan Williams is the second largest selling Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey in the US and the world, distilled just a few blocks from the site where Evan himself built his distillery.

Evan Williams Black is 86 proof and aged far longer than we are required to by law. That proof and age leads to a Bourbon that we are proud of, made our way, and that is always rich, smooth, and full of character.

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Bonded Tasting Notes

  • Proof

    100 Proof
  • Color

    Bright Gold
  • Nose

    Caramel with hints of vanilla, oak & barley
  • Taste

    Citrus on top of vanilla & black pepper
  • Finish

    Warm, long & dry

Evan Williams White label is our signature 100 proof, Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon. To be labeled as Bottled-in-Bond,” a spirit must be the product of one distillation season and one distiller at one distillery, bottled at 100 proof and aged for at least four years under U.S. government supervision.

Evan Williams White is bold and full-flavored, with all of the kick that you would expect from a 100 proof Bourbon without sacrificing any of the smoothness. Perfect in a classic cocktail, as well as neat or on the rocks.

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1783 tasting notes

  • Proof

    86 Proof
  • Color

    Brilliant honey
  • Nose

    Oaky vanilla, sautéed butter & buttered sweet corn
  • Taste

    Semi-sweet, oaky & honeyed
  • Finish

    Lean, off-dry & regal

Evan Williams 1783 is our signature, small batch Bourbon meaning that each batch is pulled from no more than 80 hand-selected barrels. It is extra-aged and uses the same sour mash process and traditional recipe made popular by our namesake. The result is a classic Bourbon- smooth rich, and worthy of the name.

Evan Williams earned the title “Kentucky’s First Distiller” in 1783, when he began his distillery on the banks of the Ohio River. Today that pioneering heritage is honored in the crating of this special Bourbon. Evan Williams 1783 has earned the “Highest Recommendation” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

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Single Barrel tasting notes

  • Proof

    86 Proof
  • Color

    Delicate amber gold
  • Nose

    Dark caramel, sweet oak & charred wood
  • Taste

    Lush & spicey; oak with honey, apple & orange notes
  • Finish

    Long, graceful and relaxed

Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon is a five-time Whiskey of the Year award winner. Each year our Master Distiller selects barrels that meet his exacting standards. It’s a bourbon that is vintage dated, meaning each bottle is marked with the vintage date it was put into oak, along with the year it was bottled and the exact serial number of the single barrel that the Bourbon was drawn from.

Careful handcrafting and many years in the barrel result in our most premium and decorated Bourbon.

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Honey tasting notes

  • Proof

    70 Proof
  • Color

    Pale goldern straw
  • Nose

    Soft, citrus honey with Bourbon behind
  • Taste

    Sweet honey and allspice with vanilla & a hint of smoke
  • Finish

    Bourbon is evident with long, slightly spicey finish

This is the shot that’s got everyone buzzing.

Meet Evan Williams Honey. This 70 Proof golden amber flavored Bourbon combines the smoothness of Evan Williams Straight Kentucky Bourbon with the sweetness of natural honey flavor. But more importantly, it tastes seriously good.

Honey is perfect for doing a round of shots with friends, simply chilled over ice or mixed with ginger ale, iced tea, or cola. It’s smooth like Evan, but sweet like honey. So go on, give it a shot.

All Flavor. No Sting. That’s how you get a party started.

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Cherry tasting notes

  • Proof

    70 Proof
  • Color

    Pale amber
  • Nose

    Cherry and berry fruits, cinnamon spice
  • Taste

    Plum and cherry sweetness, then caramel
  • Finish

    Cherry pipe tobacco and marzipan

It is only right that we blend our smooth Bourbon with one of America’s most iconic flavors.

Evan Williams Cherry combines classic cherry flavor with Kentucky Straight Bourbon to create a sweet, delicious blend that is full of maraschino cherry goodness. Enjoy it chilled over ice, mixed with cola, or as a shot when you’re toasting with friends. It’s a sure fire way to up your flavor game.

Smooth Bourbon with a cherry zing. Thats how we like our Cherries in Kentucky.

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Fire tasting notes

  • Proof

    70 Proof, Cinnamon Infused
  • Color

    Light copper
  • Nose

    Spicey cinnamon & melon notes
  • Taste

    Sweet honeyed cinnamon building in spiciness
  • Finish

    Warming & delicate

Want to bring the heat to you next party? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Say hello to Evan Williams Fire. This seriously good cinnamon infused Bourbon takes the term fire in your belly to a whole new level. It’s got the hot cinnamon taste you love, with just the right amount of smooth Kentucky Bourbon blended in. 70 Proof with a light copper color, Fire brings the heat and keeps it going all night long.

Try it as a shot to get the party started, enjoy it on the rocks, or mix it with hard cider, cola, or Dr. Pepper®. Just make sure you can handle the heat.

All Heat. No Burn. It’s finally ok to play with fire.

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Peach tasting notes

  • Proof

    70 Proof
  • Color

    Golden Amber
  • Nose

    Fresh, sweet peach with Bourbon behind
  • Taste

    Sweet peach with hints of honey & caramel
  • Finish

    Bourbon is present, with a lasting, soft sweetness

What’s better than kicking back on a sunny day with some Bourbon on ice? A glass of Bourbon that is full of southern Peach flavor.

Meet Evan Williams Peach. This 70 Proof golden amber flavored Bourbon is made with Kentucky Straight Bourbon and the sweet southern taste of Peach. Enjoy it on the rocks, mixed with iced tea, or as a chilled shot. Just make sure the sun is shining, you’ve got good company, and there’s nowhere else you need to be.

No fuzz. All Flavor. Ripe for shooting.

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Egg nog tasting notes

  • Proof

    30 Proof
  • Nose

    Crème brûlée and nutmeg
  • Taste

    Creamy with vanilla notes, Bourbon bread Pudding
  • Finish

    Thick and creamy mouthfeel with sweet and smoky Bourbon notes

The holiday season is all about tradition, and at Evan Williams, our favorite is sharing our original Southern Egg Nog with you. It's our way of ringing in the holiday season right. Evan Williams Original Southern Egg Nog is made with smooth Evan Williams Bourbon and real dairy cream.

For a taste that is bound to get you into the spirit of the season, Evan Williams Egg Nog is traditionally served chilled, garnished with a dash of nutmeg. It’s a holiday tradition you’ll look forward to all year. We know we do.

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Kentucky Cider tasting notes

  • Proof

    34 Proof
  • Color

    Slightly cloudy pale gold
  • Nose

    Cinnamon, ripe fruit, & cotton candy. Warmed: Apples & graham crackers.
  • Taste

    Sweet, soft apples with allspice. Warmed: Baked apples & nutmeg.
  • Finish

    Short, sweet, & mouth coating. Warmed: Longer with citrus & cobbler

Nothing says fall like Evan Williams Kentucky Cider. It’s as American as apple pie, but better, since it's made with the all-American spirit, Kentucky Bourbon. Evan Williams Kentucky Cider is a seasonal blend of apple cider liqueur and Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. It’s the original Bourbon-based apple cider and is ready-to-serve with friends and a cool breeze.

Best enjoyed warm but also delicious on the rocks, look for Evan Williams Kentucky Cider in September and October. When the leaves begin to change colors, that’s your sign to enjoy some smooth Evan Williams Kentucky Cider on the deck, around the bonfire, or anywhere that you love to take in the season with a glass of Bourbon.

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We know you have questions so we thought we'd give you some answers. Master Distiller, Craig Beam takes on all your tough questions on Bourbon. Everything from the distilling process to the nutritional information of our brands, Craig tells all.

What is America's Native Spirit?

Bourbon was declared "America's Native Spirit" in 1964 by an act of Congress. I am pretty proud to be making something that started here in America.

What's the difference between whiskies and Bourbon?

Well, this is something I learned at a pretty young age, but is a great question. All Bourbon-regardless of the brand or where it's made-is whiskey, but all whiskey is certainly not Bourbon. In addition to Bourbon whiskey, there's Tennessee whiskey, Scotch whisky, Irish whisky, Canadian whisky. There's blended whiskey, too. In fact, most Scotch, Irish and Canadian whiskies are blends of some sort or another.

What makes a whiskey a Bourbon?

We've got some strict laws governing Bourbon, which is good for you because you always know you're getting something good! By law, Bourbon must be made up of at least 51% corn and aged a minimum of two years in a new charred white oak barrel, but we age ours much longer. Bourbon can be made anywhere in the United States, though almost all brands are made in Kentucky, and Kentucky is the only state allowed to put its name on the bottle. Bourbon is not Bourbon unless the label says so.

What is the difference between Bourbon and a Tennessee whiskey?

There was a time when a whiskey could only be called "Bourbon" if it was distilled in Bourbon County, KY. By an Act of Congress passed in 1964, any straight whiskey that is 51% corn, with other grains completing the mashbill, distilled at 160 or less proof (no matter where) and aged at least two years in new, charred white oak barrels can be legally called a straight Bourbon. Tennessee whiskey undergoes the "Lincoln County process"-the whiskey is filtered through a column of charcoal chips before being put into barrels, making it a bit different and not legally a Bourbon.

Where did the name "Bourbon" come from?

Ahh...a little history lesson from me! It actually takes its name from Bourbon County, located in the central Bluegrass region of Kentucky. It was formed from Fayette County in 1785 while still a part of Virginia and named to honor the French Royal Family and was once the major transshipment site for whiskey heading down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans. Barrels shipped from its ports were stamped with the county's name, and Bourbon soon became the more popular name for whiskey.

What does a Master Distiller do and how does he affect the Bourbon?

Well, I don't want to sound too boastful here, but the Master Distiller oversees the entire whiskey-making process - grain buying, milling, yeasting, fermentation, distillation and aging, which includes production scheduling and taste testing. Don't get me wrong...there are a lot of people that help along the way. However, it's my taste and nose that I've come by through years of working with my Dad and granddad that really sets the standards for the brand and even the distillery. And, you can't have thin skin either, as those standards are often judged by whiskey writers and Bourbon lovers everywhere! Luckily, we have won a lot of awards so my Dad and I feel pretty good that most of the time we get it right.

I sometimes hear the term White Dog. What does this mean?

When I taste people on Bourbon and tell them that it actually comes off the still clear...well, they look at me a little funny. It's true though. Newly made whiskey comes straight off the still clear in color. Then, we barrel and age it. It is the aging that gives Bourbon the amber color it is known for. The industry term for that clear spirit straight off the still is White Dog; though some people call it new make whiskey too.

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