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I recently decided to pick up a bottle of Buffalo Trace's Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Single Barrel. As many people know I'm a big bourbon man. I've always got at least one bottle, usually two and oftentimes three or four.
I'd been over at my sister store, hanging out, talking beer and whisky, when I noticed that they'd brought in some new whiskies, specifically bourbons from Buffalo Trace.
Pardon me while I drool over a George T. Stagg, Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye and William L. Weller Wheat.
For the record I'm picking up bottles of all of these in the near future.
Even more amusing I wound up having all of those whiskies the same night that I bought this bottle.
Mmmmm Thomas H Handy Sazerac and William L. Weller.....
FOCUS MAN FOCUS!
Sorry about that folks.
Anyway I was very excited especially since my wife had just a few days before killed one of my open bottles of bourbon for a rib marinade.
God that was delicious.
Anyway back the Eagle Rare. So my wife had killed one of my bourbons, which meant that I needed a new bottle.
Having never had the Eagle Rare and always being happy to try a new I decided to pick up the bottle that they had.
It didn't hurt that it had a very pretty glass bottle with an eagle on it.
So hear I now sit with a glencairn full of this lovely, the bottle has been open for about two weeks now, Friends is in the background (yeah I know, not the world's greatest show, but I don't need to pay ANY sort of attention to it and can instead focus on my lovely bourbon)
Some lovely aromas are coming off this glass right now.
Hints of cherries, coconut, spices and cocoa are coming of this glass and making me drool.
Very very enticing!
Finally I take a drink.
Oak, spices, cocoa, and a bit of vanilla hit my palate, spreading throughout my mouth and slowly sliding down my throat.
Bit of a oaky finish with spices and a hint of cocoa at the finale ends the sip.
45% ABV is MUCH better then the majority of 40% I've had lately, but still feels a wee bit weak, not as intense as I'd like.
Not bad, but not as awesome as I was hoping.
That being said it's a much better bourbon then the Four Roses Single Barrel that I recently had, which sadly was sitting at 50% and was $30 AUS+ then the Eagle Rare.
The Eagle Rare Single Barrel can be difficult to find in Australia as I've only seen it in two different bottle shops, one of them online. However as entry level bourbons go, especially at that price which is $10 to $20 cheaper then Knob Creek, is an AWESOME whisky to drink.
It should run you around $75 to $90 AUS and if you can find it, buy it.