The Eagle Rare is a brand – on the market since 1975 already – from Buffalo Trace in Kentucky. They use Mashbill #1, which means there is less rye in the mix. The bourbon is bottled at 90 Proof, which translates into 45% ABV. It comes in a beautiful bottle and is only around 40 EUR, which sounds like a bargain to me.
The nose is rather sublte and still complex enough on toffee and orange peel, leather, honey and touches of oak. Some marshmallows appear, together with some spices.
It is soft on the palate and even a bit dry with touches of oak, dark fruit, cocoa and roasted nuts. Make that almonds. The orange peel and toffee from the nose are present here as well, but the spices are much louder than on the nose. Nevertheless, this remains a soft and round bourbon.
The finish is medium long and remains sweet on mostly toffee and honey.
This is actually a wonderful, sweet and very quaffable bourbon. Even is bourbon is not your cuppa, I think you will like this one. All round pleaser. Thanks for the sample, Jan.