Eagle Rare has been a personal favorite mine ever since I first started drinking bourbon. It is also almost certainly the coolest bottle on the market with that majestic eagle on the front!
Eagle Rare is made by Buffalo Trace and this offering is basically the standard Buffalo Trace but aged for 10 long years. The original Eagle rare was a 101 proof bourbon that was produced from 1975 to 2005 by Seagram and then The Sazerac Company and was created by Charles Beam.
Buffalo Trace also put out the Eagle Rare 17 as part of the much-lauded Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (BTAC) and I’m a big fan of that too, I haven’t tried the 2017 version yet but really enjoyed the 2016.
Considering the original juice is pretty damn good to start with it can only get better after 10 years in a barrel, right? Have a read of my Eagle Rare 10 review to find out.
This is what they say on the bottle:
“Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a sweet, oaky nose and full, complex body. Reminiscent of a fine port wine, this rare whiskey is best served neat, of over ice. Of course, feel free to drink Eagle Rare in such classic cocktails as the Manhattan or Whiskey sour”
Distiller: Buffalo Trace
Age: 10 Years
Mashbill: Not known exactly – #1 Mashbill from Buffalo Trace
Dark fruits, cherries, banoffee pie, caramel, crème brule and Werther’s Originals.
A touch of vanilla to kick things off then layers of dark fruit, caramel, more vanilla, glazed cherries and baking spice. One of the fruitiest bourbons I have tried.
It’s already won me over by the time I get to the finish but it’s fruity again but more like the fruitiness you get from boiled sweets, Jolly ranchers maybe? Or is that just absurd?! A bit of oak and some sweet fudge rounds it off.
I love how fruity this is, you often get slight hints of fruit in bourbons but for me dark fruits are the dominating flavor in this and that makes it both unique and delicious.
The critics seem to agree that this is a great bourbon as well, it has won countless awards over the years.
Definitely worth picking up a bottle as it is very reasonably priced for a 10 year.