Eagle Rare Bourbon Whiskey is masterfully crafted and carefully aged for no less than ten years. Every barrel is discriminately selected to offer consistent flavor but with a seemingly individual personality. Eagle Rare is a bourbon that lives up to its name with its lofty, distinctive taste experience.
Review of Eagle Rare 10-year bourbon
Buffalo Trace produces a variety of bourbons, including Benchmark Bourbon, Buffalo Trace, EH Taylor Small Batch, and Stagg Jr., from the lower-rye Mash #1.
Eagle Rare 10 year, in contrast to the others, has a 10-year age statement, yet I've heard stories that it could be older. Some of the more senior single barrel choices had 13-year-old bourbon, of that I am sure.
Eagle Rare used to be a single-barrel bourbon. Still, when bottling goes from hand to machine, there is now a potential that various barrels may mingle. Buffalo Trace no longer labels its products as single barrels as a consequence.
The Eagle Rare bourbon tends to sell out quickly, much like other Buffalo Trace goods, which sometimes results in higher costs at certain retailers and/or difficulties locating it. Can the excessive charges be defended? In this review of Eagle Rare Bourbon, let's find out.
Eagle Rare 10-year bourbon aroma
Eagle Rare Bourbon 10 Year has a light and delicate aroma that includes sweet mashed corn, caramel, honey, vanilla, citrus, and dark fruit. Plus, I'm not sure exactly what it is, but a hint of woody oak and minty rye.
Due to the "lower" 45% alcohol content, it offers a pleasant woody, peppery, and fruity characteristics with no heat. More charred wood, nuts, pine, mint, and rye, are released when the mixture is swirled; these smells are probably caused by the wood and less by the low-rye mash.
The agitated alcohol enhances the mint flavor, making it smell like newly opened peppermint gum. Additionally, it emits the tiniest traces of dark chocolate, dried oranges, and orange and vanilla creamsicles. The aroma of Eagle Rare 10-Year Bourbon is pleasant but not particularly remarkable.
I smell bright mint and musty rack house wood after the empty glass. Although the nose is light, it is not without personality and intricacy.
Taste and aftertaste of Eagle Rare 10-year Bourbon
My tongue was quickly assaulted with mild oak, spice, and mint, followed by caramel and a little alcohol burn. Eagle Rare bourbon doesn't have a very complex flavor on the first sip, but the second "chewing" does make it taste better.
In addition to the already present wood, pine, and mint, it reveals orange, plum, caramel, honey, and vanilla sweetness. With air and "chewing," Eagle Rare 10 Year indeed improves.
Along with the stewed corn flavor, there is a faintly nutty flavor. The alcohol is mild throughout, giving the otherwise thin mouthfeel to somebody. This texture is a touch harsher and unpolished than one would anticipate from a 10-year-old bourbon.
Initial wood tannins persist the whole time, mingling with vanilla, fruit, rye, and caramel. The woodiness changes into chocolate, followed by a mild and zesty orange flavor, all of which confirm that this bourbon is 10 years old.
Chewing certainly alters the finish. The wood and pine remain, but a greater nuttiness and brief hints of coconut emerge, fading into a lingering mint. My mouth feels a little bit dry from everything.
Overall, the flavor of Eagle Rare 10 year is pleasant and agreeable. Still, it is not at all exceptional as something that should fly off the shelves should be. Even so, I've loved drinking Eagle Rare and will probably sometimes purchase more.
Ten-Year Rating for Eagle Rare Bourbon
The Eagle Rare 10 Year is decent. Although it is well balanced and generally has everything you could desire in bourbon, it is a touch harsher than I believe it should be.
The flavors have the potential to be much more significant. Still, because of the lower proof, which prevents it from fully showcasing what it has to give, they are somewhat muted and kept back. Of course, there are variants with more ABV, like Stagg Jr., but good luck finding one. However, Eagle Rare 10 Year is pleasant and ideal as a more cost-effective daily sup (assuming you can find it at MSRP).
Eagle Rare 10 is a step up in taste and complexity for me from Maker's Mark and Wild Turkey 101, but it is still not a top-shelf bourbon. It differs significantly from EH Taylor Small Batch and Stagg Jr., even with the same mash. Although Stagg Jr. is on a whole other level, I can unequivocally state that I prefer EH Taylor Small Batch bourbon over Eagle Rare.
I like drinking Eagle Rare Bourbon 10 Year and suggest it as a beautiful starting point for enjoying high-quality bourbon. I won't push myself to overpay or strive to obtain more, but if I see it at MSRP, I'll grab another one!