Excerpt: Ultimately, Eagle Rare doesn’t knock my socks off like it once did, but it’s still an excellent choice, especially for the price. It’s a bit like a Honda Accord: it’s not fancy or exclusive or especially stunning, but try finding an unsatisfied owner.
Excerpt: With Eagle Rare being mostly a single barrel project there is natural going to a little more variation than batches of Buffalo Trace bourbon, but it is worth giving a try considering it still has its 10yr age statement (although a little hidden on the back label) at an affordable price.
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This is a product coming from Buffalo Trace and features their mashbill #1 blend - a low-rye recipe for distillation. It is aged 10 years and although it used to feature a single barrel statement, it does this no longer. Though the neck tag proclaiming the age is gone, the age statement still lives on in the back label. Someday, this age statement will likely go away, but for now it is here to stay.
Initially a wave of sugar and maple. After sitting for fifteen minutes or so, the initial acetone fades to maple and brown sugar with some hints of orange/lemon and vanilla. There's some odd passion fruit, lots of sweetness and smells very well rounded out.
This is a nice relaxed dram, decent mouth feel with no hint to the proof. A bit sweeter too. I taste much less fruit than I smell but there is an odd maple flavor mixed with fruitiness that appears. Lots of cinnamon, maple, clove, sugar and a light hint of oak.
Pretty relaxed here also. It's medium in duration with very gentle heat. Lots of sweet notes with a fair hint of wood peeking in.
Overall, I'm going to give this a Rank 6. It's delicious, complex and also well made. I'm happy to have picked this dram as a starter.
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