Eagle rare bourbon review

Eagle Rare Bourbon Review

There’s one thing no one can deny about  Buffalo Trace Distillery , they distill some amazing brands of bourbon. Eagle Rare Bourbon is the subject of this review and certainly one of those brands to be appreciated. I first stumbled upon Eagle Rare a few years ago when I was introduced to Buffalo Trace Distillery and the abundance of quality bourbon they produce.  Even though some of their premier bourbons that they distill are more difficult to find, such as George T Stagg and William Larue Weller, I found that they have several brands, such as Eagle Rare that are more readily accessible for the average consumer. Needless to say, my next visit to a local retailer included a bottle of Eagle Rare to give a try.


I always make it a habit to research a particular whisky before I taste it. Understanding the history and makeup of a whiskey helps you better appreciate and know what you’re enjoying.  I also happen to be the type of person that when I find something I enjoy, I go all in.  Instead of blindly picking up the cheapest or most recognizable bourbon, I’m researching terms like “age statement” and “mash bill” as I make decisions on which bourbon to buy.  I’m assuming that if you’re taking the time to read this, you’re probably a similar personality type, which is a good quality to have, at least I hope. With that said, let’s get to the notes on the Eagle Rare bourbon.

Eagle Rare bourbon is aged no less than 10 years, and each bottle is from a small batch, meaning all the barrels used are from the same run of whiskey. Eagle Rare is one of the more affordable offerings by Buffalo Trace Distillery and a more accessible 10 year bourbon for someone to grab at an average retail price of roughly $32.00.  As far as the nose, you’ll be greeted with an aroma of toffee and honey that make for a pleasant experience.  I’m slowly learning to take advantage of the sense of smell, which is our strongest sense as human beings, and enjoy the various aromas provided in a pour of whiskey.  The taste will be a mild, yet enjoyable experience of sweet brown sugar and toasted almonds.  The finish will be long and dry, with a subtle spiciness towards the end.  I put this in a similar class as Elijah Craig , which I recently reviewed. Overall, this is one of my top ten bourbons when it comes to price and quality combined, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone with no hesitation.

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Brandon - December 16, 2016

Hey guys, you all brought up some great points. This blog is actually outdated as you’re all right about Eagle Rare no longer bottling this as a single barrel. I also should habe been more precise on my definition of single barrel, small batch, and blended. I appreciate all your feedback and respectfulness. You guys have a wealth of knowledge and we appreciate your feedback! Cheers gents!

saul - December 16, 2016

Should be careful as with American whiskey I’ve always seen the term blended whiskey used to define whiskey blended with neutral spirits…

Iron bottom - December 16, 2016

The last one I bought, and I mean the last one, tasted watered down compared to the single barrel bottles that are no longer with us. Just another run of the mill bourbon after losing the single barrel labeling. Something about the new bottling line not handling single barrel products correctly. They do, however, bottle several other single barrels.

Alexander Dyer - December 16, 2016

Sir, I enjoy your website and I get regular updates through my reader as I have elected to do. I must respectfully disagree with your definition of the the term blended. I do not pretend to be an expert but I have a rudimentary understanding of it.

Some real world examples; Say you buy a “small batch”, this bottling often is from a batch of barrels that are from the same run, many barrels that were all filled at the same time from the same distill and stored and aged together and are often mixed at bottling for sake of consistency but all the barrels are from the same batch.

Now lets look at Crown Royal; this is a blended whiskey that can have whiskey from any number of batches or runs which are not only blended with each other but also neutral spirits are often introduced as a cost saving measure.

There are rules against putting neutral spirits in whiskey and being able to call it bourbon or scotch for example. Blended whiskeys are ideal for mixing cocktails. Affordable and consistent. Nothing wrong with blended whiskey, some of it is quite palatable.

For my money I’ll go for the small batch and the single barrel and the straight and the bottled in bond whiskeys and whiskys.

Thanks and I hope I don’t sound to preachy and forgive me if I have made any mistakes. I just love whiskey and I love to talk about it.


Trent - December 16, 2016

Eagle rare isn’t technically a single barrel bourbon (unless you have a private selection pick). http://chuckcowdery.blogspot.com/2014/07/label-changes-can-be-good-thing.html
Just an Fyi.
But, it is a solid bourbon.

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