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 $29.00. 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.