Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon – Review

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old BourbonEagle Rare 10 Year Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

90 Proof

Price Point: $25 – $35 for 750 ML

Distiller: Buffalo Trace Distillery



Some distillers just plain get bourbon right.  They bring all the right components together to create a masterpiece.  Eagle Rare is one of those bourbons.

The particular bottle I am reviewing is special to me.  When we were planning our wedding, our organizer at the place where we were having our reception asked us if we would like them to have a special bottle for us.  At first I respectfully declined, knowing full well that we wouldn’t have much time to drink.  After looking at the spirits list at the bar more closely, headlined by Dewar’s and Jim Beam, I reconsidered.  I requested a bottle of Eagle Rare, a bourbon I had a lot of experience with.  They could also easily find it for us, and we probably wouldn’t be charged extra either.  Although my wife and I weren’t able to enjoy our drinks before being pulled somewhere else, we certainly enjoyed having such a great whiskey with us throughout the night.



The nose of Eagle Rare is mouth-watering.  For my particular preferences, it is near-perfect.  It smells of rich vanilla and sugar cane.  It’s very inviting and tough to smell without tasting!

The taste is a little more hot than the nose gives away.  A strong presence of vanilla is there, along with hints of oak and caramel.  To me, it is the epitome of what bourbon should taste like; a tribute to what the distillers at Buffalo Trace do so well.

The aftertaste is warm, and the oak flavor stays in the back of your throat.


Rating & Recommendations

Eagle Rare 10 Year Old is such a great bourbon, and well deserving of a rating of 86 out of 100.

As the back of the bottle clearly states, drink this stuff neat or on ice (it also says to use in a Manhattan or Whiskey Sour, but don’t waste your whiskey).

This is definitely a bourbon worth trying again and again . . . and again.  It’s reasonably priced for such a quality product, and any bourbon drinker would be mistaken to not give this whiskey a try.




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    • Barlee on February 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm
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    Enjoyed the review Ryan. I have yet to try the 17 yr. old but really like the 10 yr. old Eagle Rare. My wife noted a vanilla + citrus nose but I only know it’s easy to sip.

      • Ryan on February 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm
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      I would definitely recommend the 17 Year Old. If you can get your hands on it, that is…


      • Jeremy on November 18, 2017 at 11:35 pm
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      Depending on your state, keep an eye out for the Single Barrel Select. I buy cases whenever it releases. Don’t let a local store screw you though, it’s a special release, but the same and bottle cost as the regular. It’s always spectacular!

    • Steve on June 21, 2014 at 10:15 pm
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    Had my first experience with the 10 year old Eagle Rare this afternoon at a BBQ and Wow! is it ever smooth and delicious! Love at first taste. I take my bourbon neat with a single ice cube to chill it a bit. Now I have to find a source for more. 🙂

    • roger Ellison on October 9, 2015 at 11:21 am
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    When was Eagle Rare first produced ? Just got some for my 64th

    • roger Ellison on October 9, 2015 at 11:32 am
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    I am not sure my message went through. Eagle Rare is a great sipper or casual drink. Just received a bottle for my 64th birthday and will enjoy it this weekend. What year was Eagle Rare first distilled ?

    • abhilash bansal on October 24, 2015 at 3:46 am
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    Enjoyed this review ryan.
    I really want to know much more about spirits..

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