I don’t always stumble onto bourbons from the Buffalo Trace Distillery (call it bad luck), but when I do, I buy! This past weekend, as I was deciding between restocking the Four Roses or Buffalo Trace, I ran into a bottle of Eagle Rare 10 Year Old. After talking to Spencer while he was writing his fuzzy recap of the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival in Atlanta, the Eagle Rare had made it to the top of my list of bourbons to try. Obviously, I grabbed it.
The Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey comes in at 90 proof, has been aged for 10 years, and comes from a single barrel. Of course, the name sort of explains all of that pretty well.
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old has a delicious scent. You can smell the oak immediately, with a slight caramel note to top it off. Unlike the Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare has less of the sweet notes like vanilla, and more of an earthy, leather scent. The scent had me salivating immediately.
The taste was even more intriguing. The flavors reminded me of everything that I love about bourbon. My mouth went from sweet, to dry, to finishing with a bit of spice. It was a lot going on, but in a very good way. None of the flavors dominated the other. I enjoyed the oak finish the most.
I brought this bottle of bourbon home for about $27. It was a great value, and deserves to be stocked on your shelf as well. Unfortunately, I could not advise you on mixing the Eagle Rare 10 Year. I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I was so pleased with the Eagle Rare 10 Year that I would say it compares to bourbons twice its price. It’s a great buy, and I highly recommend it.