Eagle Rare isn’t particularly rare and has nothing to do with eagles. It is a bourbon from Buffalo Trace that carries a 10 year age statement. In my opinion it’s the first step up in the Buffalo Trace bourbon lineup so let’s get to it.
Age: 10 years
Abv: 90 proof (45% ABV)
Color: A deep amber
Nose: A little hot despite the middling proof though with otherwise nicely balanced brown sugar, vanilla and leather notes
Taste: A little thin with more leather and a sweet note that isn’t quite as distinctly brown sugar than the nose
Finish: Finally a bit of spice! A more caramel sweetness here on the end with a nice, long linger
Nose: The heat is gone and the brown sugar and leather held strong and something a little brighter crept in almost a floral or herbal note
Taste: A much improved mouth feel with a balance of sweet and a little nutty though the leather still lingers in the background
Finish: A bright lingering warmth with hints of sugar spice and leather. Probably my favorite part of this whiskey
Eagle Rare, what to say..? Is it is good? Of course. Is it overhyped? Yes, especially nowadays. All that aside it is a great whiskey at a great price and a solid intro into the next tier of Buffalo Trace offerings before you’re ready to shell out for the Colonel Taylor Line.
7 - a great whiskey I’d order at a bar
Great - A great deal, I’d buy it again