Eagle Rare 10 Year old Single Barrel
An excellent every-occasion bourbon
13th May 2012
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Tasting Notes by valuewhisky
This is an every-occasion bourbon both because of the price and the style of whiskey. It has a good, affordable price, and it is well balanced between sweet and oaky and spicy. Some might call it too oaky, but I like oak, and the rich brown-sugar sweetness is big enough to carry the oak. The main fault of Eagle Rare is that it lacks any sort of complexity. That makes it simple enough to drink-and-forget, but it's still delicious enough to pour a glass on a special occasion.
The nose is a decent but average bourbon nose. Smells delicious, as most bourbons do, but doesn't offer anything new or exciting. The body is medium (on the lighter side of medium, probably), but has good presence and appropriate "burn" level despite the not-too-high ABV level.
This is an older sibling of Buffalo Trace bourbon. Eagle Rare has more sweetness and more oak than Buffalo Trace, while still being less astringent than Buffalo Trace despite the higher oak. In short, all-around better than Buffalo Trace. Around here, Eagle Rare is less than $5 more than Buffalo Trace, making it an easy choice to purchase Eagle Rare. If, however, Eagle Rare is about $10 more than Buffalo Trace, I'd consider saving my money and buying the similar but cheaper Buffalo Trace.