Review: Eagle Rare Bourbon 10 Years Old
We’re digging into the archives again to fill out reviews of products that we’ve overlooked with formal reviews. Up next is Buffalo Trace’s Eagle Rare Bourbon, a 10 year old whiskey that’s easy to come by and which remains just as good as its stellar reputation.
Let’s give a 2019 bottle a fresh tasting.
Right from the start, this whiskey shows itself as fresh, balanced, and restrained. Aromas of citrus and apple kick things off, with plenty of rye-driven baking spice filling in the cracks. There’s plenty of vanilla and caramel in the mix, too — all hallmarks of well-aged (but not overly old) bourbon.
The palate is lightly sweet and soothing — almost soft, despite its 45% abv — with butterscotch and caramel apple notes dominant. A very light oak influence pervades, though again this feels restrained and well-integrated with the rest of the experience. The finish folds in a note of chocolate banana cream, and concludes on a rolling, lingering, and lightly fruity note with plenty of baking spice in the mix.
Soothing and lush, it’s one of my favorite bourbons that also happens to be very easily obtainable.