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Eagle Rare 10 Year Old

Rum-soaked sponge cake

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@GeorgyReview by @Georgy

19th Sep 2017

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I decided to take a short break from sampling all those whiskies I picked up at the festival. And, since I was a bourbon virgin (meaning that I'd tried only Jim Beam and Jack Daniel's before - which doesn't count), I went out and bought a bottle of this baby here. And it rocks!

NOSE: sweet, but not overly sweet, a little creamy and elegant caramel, brown sugar, bitter aromatic wood, candied fruit, vanilla, toffee, hints of milk chocolate, raisins. All that being said, it does have an alcoholic kick to it. Adding a drop of water releases its hazelnuts (Nutella like) notes. The nose of a beautiful single malt and rum notes as well. Rich, rum-soaked sponge cake. Intensely powerful. Wow. 23/25

TASTE: clean, dry, beautiful vanilla, oily, silky, milk chocolate, with dry aromatic wood, cinnamon, all-spice, a hint of moka coffee, roasted hazelnuts. A little sour note in here as well. Cola. All that is based on over-brewed black tea with bergamot, a little bitterness here as well. 23/25

FINISH: long, spicy, caramel, waffles, tannins. 23/25

BALANCE: 24/25

OVERALL IMPRESSION: 93/100 for a bourbon so far. If somebody happens to know bourbons that are richer and more complex in profile - please do tell me about them. This one, however, is a very good well-priced bourbon, in my book. And I hear that they stopped producing it with an age statement on the back, but I was lucky enough to get an older bottle with an age statement.

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12 comments

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

This one is on my short list. Thanks for the review.

3 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor commented

@Georgy, PM me if you want to talk bourbon or rye. Back in Connosr 1.0 my standard bourbon, wheated bourbon, US rye, and other Desert Island Lists were available for view. In any country outside the US picks for US whiskies have to start from the list of what you have available. In other words my top 20 or 30 probably are not for sale where you shop. But it is likely that if you have even moderate variety that you can get some good ones. Eagle Rare is a Buffalo Trace Distillery product, and every bottle of Buffalo Trace Distillery whiskey has been allocated since about 2014. When whiskey became very popular almost all of the products from the Buffalo Trace Distillery disappeared from the shelves immediately in the US. The one exception is standard Ancient Age bourbon, which is simple, 40% abv, and very batch variable. I wouldn't recommend standard AA, but even there, an above average batch is pretty good.

3 years ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@Georgy Just curious: are you Russian or just a native English speaker living there? I ask because if you are the former you have an exceptional grasp of the nuances and idioms of the English language for a non native speaker. If you were not coming to us from Moscow I would never guess that you were not from an English speaking country. And BTW, I find your reviews and comments very insightful. Cheers

3 years ago 2Who liked this?

@Georgy
Georgy commented

@Victor The High West Double Rye that you recommended IS available! So it's on my list!

3 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Georgy
Georgy commented

@BlueNote Thank you ever so much for speaking so highly of my English. I'm glad you like my reviews! At times I do feel like in my past life I was a native with a great love for the English language. So great, in fact, that I just had to learn it all back and speak in the way I used to do it in my past life. I'm far from being a native, however. And if you spoke to me in person, that would become obvious within a few minutes of our conversation, since I have a peculiar combo of two standard accents mashed together ( American and British)

3 years ago 4Who liked this?

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

@Georgy when I lived in China, you could always tell where a Chinese person learned English because they would adapt either an American, British or Australian accent. Very slight mind you and it took me a while to notice.

3 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Georgy
Georgy commented

@casualtorture The Queen's English is the most difficult to learn. Very few non-native speakers can get it right. It requires a more focused articulation of all the sounds.

3 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Frost
Frost commented

A good review @Georgy and also on my short list. Additionally, the design of this bottle is rather nice. The print on the glass and specifically the illustration of the eagle

3 years ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@Georgy - Oh poppy cock! wink

Just saw your review after posting one and it's funny you get rum and raisins - thought I was being an odd ball there! This really is a beauty; only the Elijah Craig 12 has come close for me but I think this may edge it due to the softer wood influence.

I would concur that your English is excellent hence the, terrible, gag above!

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Georgy
Georgy commented

@RianC Thank you! Really underrated. This one doesn't shout, but it sure is substantial and very complex. A favorite one for sure!)

2 years ago 2Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

Nice to see you back @Georgy.

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Georgy
Georgy commented

@BlueNote Thank you! I've been busy trying some whiskies))

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