Eagle Rare Bourbon

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon – Review

Background

Eagle Rare 10Eagle Rare 10 Year was until recently a single barrel Kentucky Bourbon. It still has its 10 year age statement, but is no longer sold as a single barrel. Buffalo Trace indicate the change is result of moving Eagle Rare to a higher capacity bottling line to better meet demand. Because of this change, apparently it’s more difficult to bottle this brand one barrel at a time. It’s made at Buffalo Trace Distillery from their #1 low-rye mash. The brand was created by Charles Beam and introduced in 1975 by Seagrams. The Eagle Rare brand was acquired by Sazerac in 1989. A 18 year old expression sits in Buffalo Trace’s annual Antique Collection, but the original Eagle Rare was a 101-proof 10 year Bourbon. The 101 was discontinued in 2005 and today we have the 90-proof bottle.

Details

10 Year age statement. Uses Buffalo Trace’s #1 mash. Guessed to be about 8% rye. Bottled at 45%, MSRP – $29.99 (2016 Price)

Aroma

Jammy. Fruity sweet. Lots of apples. Honey and grapes. Oak w/ some char. Vanilla. Grilled dessert. Maybe a little cola in there

Flavor

Light and sweet. Honey and apples carry through from the nose. Corn. Some tartness in the finish. Nice oak flavor. Wood astringency dries out the finish a little. A little watermelon? Not a lot of rye to balance out the sweetness. Crisp and sweet with warming finish.

Overall

Things seem to quickly transition from fruity sweetness to drying oak. Just not a ton of character and length in there. Oak and tannins really linger. Another sip refreshes the fruity sweetness and reinforces the oak. Oak may dominate a bit, but it really balances out the initial sweetness. Very nice. Initially seems a little dull and heavy on the oak/tannins, but keep sipping it seems to build layers. Refreshing. A warm weather whiskey.

Depending on the mood, Eagle Rare 10 might not fit the bill. It’s not too complex and it lacks richness. For what it lacks, it has a nice wood presence and is supremely sippable. Nice Bourbon on its own and even better for the price. I’ll be keeping this one stocked.

Eagle Rare 10 Rating

Buy Again – 4/5 Rating

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