Part of the Buffalo Trace empire, Eagle Rare is a 10 year old Bourbon with plenty to recommend. A classically structured Bourbon, it is sweet without being cloying, and there’s barely a trace of its corn heritage here, most of which you catch on the nose. What remains is an intense dessert-like caramel character, touched with vanilla and cocoa notes, and a long, smooth finish. The balance is just about perfect here: Racy at 90 proof but not too hot. The only complaint I have is a body that lacks a lot of oomph to it. It isn’t thin, but a more creamy texture would complement the sweetness even more. Outstanding value. I’ve seen it for as little as $16 a bottle, which is almost insane for a 10 year old Bourbon.
Looking to kick it up a notch? Check out the 17 Year Old version, part of the annual Antique Collection releases. It varies from year to year (and the wood can get a little hoary in some renditions), but it’s great as a point of comparison with the 10 Year.
A / $23 / eaglerare.com