Eagle Rare is another bourbon produced by Buffalo Trace. I believe this is the same recipe as the Buffalo Trace bourbon but aged to 10 years so you would expect more oak influence to this in comparison. There were subtle changes made to bottle labelling over the past year or where the 10 year old age statement, which sat proudly at the front of the bottle, was moved to the back of the bottle and they also dropped that single barrel description. The latter had to be done as a result to changes in their bottling process which meant it could not technically be classed as a single barrel expression – something about the possibility for drops from more than 1 barrel making its way into a bottle. The 10 year old statement being moved to the back of the bottle is more worrying for me. I am used to seeing age statements disappear overnight but in this case Buffalo Trace have not got rid of it, but instead making it less obvious. My theory is that they are thinking a few steps ahead and getting us use to not seeing an age statement on the bottle so that when stocks get low enough for them to resort to using whiskies younger than 10 year old and the age label has to go, there will not be many that notice. When it comes to age statements I don’t care how old a whisky is as long as it tastes good. However, what I do care about and would like to see more of are age statements on bottles no matter how young. Anyway, Eagle Rare 10 year old is in the £35 price bracket and I noticed that Asda have stocked this during the spring/summer months over the past few years.
Whisky: Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 45% vol.
Nose: Honey, cinnamon, caramel, pecan nuts, vanilla, burnt toast, oak
Taste: Oily, honey, cinnamon, dried fruits, syrup, burnt toast, bitter chocolate, oak
Finish: Fruity, oak, dry spice
Summary: You may not think it from the the scores I have given to bourbons that I have reviewed but I am a fan of bourbon. Eagle Rare 10 encapsulates everything I like about bourbons. Everything just works so well for me, the nose is enticing with is mix of sweetness and oak and the mouthfeel is textured and continues to deliver on what you experience on the nose and then the finish still maintains some sweetness but the drying spice and oak influence comes into finish it off nicely. So many bourbons I have tried haven’t delivered this kind of experience to me, where the nose, taste and finish feel like they work in harmony as well as the sweetness, spice and oak. Eagle Rare 10 is a great bourbon and represents fantastic value for money and I am praying that it stays that way.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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