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.