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Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon 2002

January 23, 2013

Tags: evan williams, elijah craig, heaven hill

Evan Williams was supposedly Kentuckyís first distiller. This may or may not be true, but itís a good story. Williams migrated to Kentucky, which was then part of Virginia, in the early 1780s, lured by the prospect of cheap and fertile land. Both promises turned out to be correct, but there was no way to transport his crops from the wilderness to a place where they could be sold. Williams decided to turn his corn into whiskey, which took up less space and could be shipped more easily. By the time he was granted the first commercial distilling license in 1783, there were likely dozens or hundreds of other farmers who had been visited by the same inspiration. (more…)