1783 is a new expression of Evan Williams Bourbon, clearly designed with one thing in mind: Affordability. It’s a step up from standard Evan Williams Black Label, with a fancier bottle and a slightly higher abv (but still no age statement) — and while its $20 price tag is about double what Black Label will run you, in today’s market you won’t find many bottles on the shelf at this price level unless you’re really dipping into the bottom shelf.
The whiskey surpasses expectations at this price level, offering a simple but pretty spirit that layers cloves, ginger, and vanilla on the agreeable nose. No surprises await on the palate, with sees gentle granary and popcorn elements balanced by clear notes of chocolate, giving the whiskey a sweetened breakfast cereal character that goes down easy. Gentle peanut and popcorn elements on the finish belie what is clearly a young spirit — though it’s mature enough to showcase an ample brown sugar character and additional, lingering spice elements.
You probably won’t be sipping this solo as a Pappy chaser, but as an easy base for just about any bourbon cocktail, 1783 is a solid go-to.