Discover the differences between Evan Williams vs Wild Turkey in this in-depth comparison and decide which Bourbon is better for You!
|Nose||Caramel, vanilla, honey, ethanol|
|Palate||Honey, spice, old leather, oak char|
|Finish||Old leather, oak char and lingering spice|
|Alcohol content||90 proof (45% ABV)|
|How to drink||Rocks, cocktails|
|Similar to||Jack Daniel’s, Jim Beam, Benchmark|
The nose is sweet, rich in honey, caramel, vanilla and a whiff of ethanol.
On the palate, the Evan Williams has a decent body as it has some texture. Flavor is sweet at first, with a hint of old leather although it has some oak char bitterness, but nothing alarming.
The finish has more of that old leather hint, is bitey and warm with lingering spicy notes.
Adding a few drops of water make it better as you get a bit more of sweetness while making the finish smoother.
Evan Williams will never win an award, this a basic bourbon, a little rough around the edges when compared to fine bourbons.
But not a bad whiskey and it won’t break the bank. The low price point makes the EW a good choice for the person that is not picky and just wants to have nightly pour without spending much in these hard times.
There are a few facts worth knowing about Evan Williams Black Label:
- The mash bill is made from 78% corn, 12% malted barley, and 10% rye.
- Evan Williams carried an age statement of 7 years until the 90s when it was removed. Now is aged for just 4 years.
- EW is crafted at Heaven Hills Distillery located in Bardstown, Kentucky along other brands such as Elijah Craig, Larceny, Rittenhouse Rye, Pikesville among many others.
- Evan Williams was born in the UK and emigrated to the United States towards the end of the 18th century. Williams settled in Kentucky and began distilling in 1783, in what is now Louisville.
|Nose||Corn, vanilla, charred oak|
|Palate||Oak, corn, vanilla, rye spice, caramel|
|Finish||Medium-length, vanilla, spice, oak|
|Alcohol content||81 proof (40.5% ABV)|
|How to drink||Cocktails|
|Similar to||Jack Daniel’s, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark|
The nose is faint and sweet with notes of corn, vanilla and charred oak.
On the palate, the Turkey 81 delivers a sweet taste, rich in corn, vanilla and caramel at first, followed by charred oak and rye spice.
The finish has a medium length, with a bit of bite, charred oak and lingering sweetness.
This is the most basic release from Wild Turkey serving as its entry-level bottle. Still displays the signature charred oak note of this brand but is bottled at a much lower proof making it a bit weak and watery.
Good option for those looking for a mixer to make cheap cocktails. Not a great sipper but becomes better when adding ice as it loses some warmth and the charred oak astringency.
I recommend putting a few more dollars and going for the Wild Turkey 101 which is a much better release than this and a champ in terms of value.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Wild Turkey:
- The mash bill is comprised of 75% corn, 13% rye and 12% barley.
- This bourbon is aged on average 6 to 8 years using new American oak barrels with an “alligator char” (char no. 4); this is the maximum degree of char.
- Wild Turkey is crafted using American grown non-GMO grains.
Evan Williams vs Wild Turkey: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
Evan Williams vs Wild Turkey: Which is better?
Evan Williams provides better value for the money
|Whiskey||Evan Williams||Wild Turkey|
- You won’t see the Evan Williams winning prestigious awards and accolades but if you looking for a cheap and drinkable nightcap this will get the job done.
- It’s a bit warm but all it needs is a dash of water to become better.
- Bottled at a higher proof than bourbons at this price range providing good value for the money.
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