Eagle Rare 10 Year Bourbon Review

When I first started drinking bourbon, Buffalo Trace was the whiskey that got me hooked. When I wanted to try to something with a bit more depth and complexity, it was only natural that the first place I turned was Eagle Rare. Essentially Buffalo Trace juice from older, more selective barrels, Eagle Rare is a fantastic entry point into higher-end bourbon at around $30. Eagle Rare uses Buffalo Trace’s Mashbill #1 which likely contains no more than 10% rye and is also used for Stagg, Buffalo Trace, and Benchmark. Much to the dismay of many bourbon lovers, Buffalo Trace removed the “Single Barrel” distinction from the label a few years ago, although the distillery claims that this is due to new, automated bottling equipment. Since the bottling line could potentially contain bourbon from two different barrels when the line switches between two barrels, Buffalo Trace can’t guarantee that all the juice in your bottle is from the same barrel. Don’t let that deter you though, it’s still great whiskey!

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The bottle I’m drinking was a single barrel store pick that I picked up from Rural Inn, a hidden bourbon gem in the Indianapolis area. Buffalo Trace recently announced that they are suspending Eagle Rare’s private barrel program for 2018 due to inventory concerns. Rest assured, however, the program will resume in 2019, although it might not be a bad idea to stock up on the store picks you can still find now.

Product Info:

  • ABV: 45%, 90 Proof
  • Age: 10 Years
  • Company / Distillery: Sazerac, Buffalo Trace
  • Mash Bill:  Unknown, 10% or less Rye
  • Price:  $30
Appearance: Deep Copper, Chestnut
Nose:  Typical Buffalo Trace citrus notes, lots of vanilla and caramel, oak, rye
Taste: Tons of vanilla, citrus acidity, rye spiciness, little bit of clove and cocoa, alcohol is quite present
Finish: Fairly short, smooth and sweet with a slightly dry oakiness, definitely a lot of caramel that hangs around to the end
Overall: If you like the distillery’s namesake product, I’d be very surprised if you didn’t like this as well considering how much the two have in common. My single barrel store pick is just a touch on the spicy side, which I really appreciate. If you search Google for “Eagle Rare review,” you’ll be met with an endless amount of tasting notes from bourbon drinkers all over the world and there’s a reason for that – Eagle Rare is incredibly accessible. It’s not something you’ll have to hunt for (Although the store picks might be for the next year or so) and you should be able to find it around MSRP fairly easily. Eagle Rare 10 Year is a fantastic entry point for exploring single barrels and older bourbons and for around $30, it’s hard to beat.

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