Score: 8.6 / 10
Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery
Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Looking for that next flex photo / experience in your Evan Williams lineup? Swing by The Evan Williams Experience® at 528 W. Main St. in Louisville KY! They offer a great tour, a look into the history of Evan Williams, details on how their massive production works, a nice tasting and gift shop exclusives, like this here bottle of Master Blend.
Evan Williams has coined this as their Master Blend containing 23-year old, Single Barrel, 1783, Bottled-in-Bond, Signature Black. WHooo boy! that's a lot of EW. I feel like if you are a big enough EW fan, that you can have fun infinity-ing a bottle for yourself!. These expressions are not highly allocated and fairly easy to come by.
Served neat in a Glencairn glass - 90 proof - 45% alc/vol
Nose: Big notes of brown sugar and green apple with a mellow tobacco behind it. Sniffing deeper I find a decadent vanilla cake frosting that is very inviting.
Palate: Very oily and easy to swish around with a leathery mouthfeel. A luge of vanilla slides around the palate and brings out big green apple notes that intermingle with brown sugar and caramel. A very light cinnamon pepper spice kicks up on the back-end.
Finish: A bit of oak, a touch of tobacco and some nice caramel linger around on a juicy moderate finish.
S+ Sensational - The Pinnacle (9.5+)
A - AXEceptional (astounding) (9-9.5)
B - bravo (step aBove average) (8-8.9)
C - competent (7-7.9)
D - disappointing (6-6.9)
F - flush it down the toilet (fail) (5.9 below)
Availability? Rare. As discussed above, this is only available at the distillery. Unless you have some time on your hands.... Just kidding, you know you won't get the proportions correct. Get on over there and book a tour!