Eagle Rare

  • Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery  
  • Spirit: Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey  
  • Aged: 10 Years   
  • Proof: 90
  • Purchase Price: $32.99

From The Distiller: “Eagle Rare Bourbon Whiskey is masterfully crafted and carefully aged for no less than ten years. Every barrel is discriminately selected to offer consistent flavor but with a seemingly individual personality.” 

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Tasting Notes & Score

 

Nose: You get the oak right off the bat. It’s rather mellow, which is nice. There’s so many in-your-face whiskeys when it comes to their nose, it’s nice to not get face-punched by the scent for once. There are undertones of rose-water, and whiskey on the tail. There is the teeniest amount of plum, but I’m not sure if that’s just me.        

Palate: It’s a little hotter than you’d expect from a 90 proof, but not so hot that it overpowers the mildness of the flavor. I get honey, oak, and a thin tinge of sweet corn, all followed by a small wave of cinnamon.    

Body: The body is thin, and the flavor is delicate. It’s definitely a pour that doesn’t come in bold and leaves as quickly as it came.

Finish: The flavor of the charred barrel stays on the tongue, but not for long. The heat lingers just a hair longer than the flavor.

Conclusion: Overall, the experience is rather mild. The flavor is straightforward and uncomplicated. For those of you who have read my reviews, you know that I enjoy my mellow pours as much as I enjoy my complex ones. For the price, it’s definitely a pour you can share with whiskey novices and experts alike. The only thing that negatively impacts my perception of this bourbon is that the heat isn’t proportional to the flavor, and it actually lasts longer than the flavor does in the finish.

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