Saturday, October 11, 2014

Review #13 - Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon 10 Year



Eagle Rare is distilled at Buffalo Trace and is age stated at 10 years old. Originally Eagle Rare was distilled by Seagram Company at 101 proof but the label was acquired by Sazerac in 1989 and turned over to be distilled at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort Kentucky. The 101 proof bourbon was reduced to 90 proof in 1995 and recently Buffalo Trace transitioned Eagle Rare from a Single Barrel to a Small Batch to improve consistency among bottles. This review will be of the Eagle Rare 90 proof single barrel aged for 10 years.

PRODUCT SPECS

Whiskey Type - Bourbon

Age - 10 years

Mashbill - Buffalo Trace Mashbill #1 (Low Rye)

Alcohol By Volume (ABV) - 45.0% (90 proof)

NOSE
Orange
Pineapple
Vanilla
Caramel
Cedar wood

PALATE
Cinnamon
Clove
Raspberry 
Herbal Tea
Toasted Oak

Addition of water brings out sugar sweetness.

FINISH
Eagle Rare has a nice oily mouthfeel with a high amount of spice and light wood. The finish is dominated by a nice long cinnamon and herbal tea flavor with oak presence.

FINAL IMPRESSIONS
I enjoy Eagle Rare and I think it's a perfect daily sipper that is typically found at most stores at a good price. That being said it seems to be lacking a unique standout component. It's balance is good but comes across somewhat flat. Eagle Rare is one of those bourbons that are a bit of a mystery to me. It's distilled using Buffalo Trace's Low Rye mashbill and I tend to favor the High Rye mashbill expressed in bourbons such as Blantons or Elmer T Lee. I would be interested to compare this 10 year versus the 17 year old version released in the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection.

PRODUCT RATING 
3.0 out of 5

RATING SYSTEM
0 - hot dog water - nothing redeeming
1 - one dimensional - not complex and can be flat in areas
2 - entry level whiskey -  a few highlights for a good value
3 - daily sipper - solid, well made product that is always enjoyed.
4 - big whiskey - complex layered flavors - amazing balance
5 - huge, exceptional, unique, one of a kind