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!
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.
- ABV: 45%, 90 Proof
- Age: 10 Years
- Company / Distillery: Sazerac, Buffalo Trace
- Mash Bill: Unknown, 10% or less Rye
- Price: $30