The nose is full of brown sugar and maple syrup. There’s a bit of heat here, too, and a subtle nuttiness that gives the whole thing a nice praline quality. As it opens in the glass, the nutty notes skew slightly more toward honey roasted peanuts, and a bit of orange rock candy arrives. On the palate, it’s not nearly as sweet as I had expected. Syrupy, dark caramel and butterscotch pudding coats the tongue, but some drier oak and salted pecans add welcome counterpoints. On the mid-palate, orange peel and milk chocolate add to the complexity. A perfectly balanced heat carries into the generous finish, which is sweet and long with a bit of candied orange slice and dried tobacco. Outside of some of the earlier Single Barrel offerings, this is easily the best Evan Williams available. -drinkhacker.com
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