Eagle Rare 10 Year
Another Buffalo Trace bourbon. When will we get tired of reviewing them you ask? Probably never. They put out a pretty darned good product. It’s been getting a little more difficult to come by their mid-shelf, so when I saw the Eagle Rare being put on the shelves I had to snag it. I ran though my bottle a little while ago, so I figured it was time to re-introduce a bottle to my cabinet and give a review while I was at it.
- Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
- Spirit: Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
- Aged: 10 Years
- Proof: 90
- Purchase Price: $32.99
Nose: You get the oak right off the bat. It’s rather mellow, which is nice. There are so many in-your-face whiskeys when it comes to their nose, it’s nice to not get face-punched by the scent for once. There are undertones of rose-water, and whiskey on the tail. There is the teeniest amount of plum, but I’m not sure if that’s just me.
Palate: It’s a little hotter than you’d expect from a 90 proof, but not so hot that it overpowers the mildness of the flavor. I get honey, oak, and a thin tinge of sweet corn, all followed by a small wave of cinnamon.
Body: The body is thin, and the flavor is delicate. It’s definitely a pour that doesn’t come in bold and leaves as quickly as it came.
Afterglow: The flavor of the charred barrel stays on the tongue, but not for long. The heat lingers just a hair longer than the flavor.
Conclusion: Overall, the experience is rather mild. The flavor is straightforward and uncomplicated. For those of you who have read my reviews, you know that I enjoy my mellow pours as much as I enjoy my complex ones. For the price, it’s definitely a pour you can share with whiskey novices and experts alike. The only think negatively impacts my perception of this bourbon is that the heat isn’t proportional to the flavor, and it actually lasts longer than the flavor does in the afterglow.