Review: Eagle Rare Bourbon 10 Years Old

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.

90 proof.

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Eagle Rare Bourbon 10 Years Old

$30
9.5

Rating

9.5/10

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

6 Comments

  1. Roger Quinton on November 8, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    Do they still claim this is 10 years old? I thought they removed the age statement a year or two ago but I’m not sure.

    • Christopher Null on November 8, 2019 at 1:34 pm

      Yes, though the age statement is on the back label.



  2. S Gala on November 8, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    I don’t know where you are at but it’s hard to find in the Chicago area.

  3. Anonymous on November 9, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Very good bourbon. My father left a bottle years ago when he passed. I got it and it was good.

  4. Bob Krejci on December 25, 2023 at 8:42 am

    Back in the day, ER was 101 proof and produced by the Old Prentice Distillery in Lawrenceburg, KY. Now it’s my Buffalo Trace Bestie!

  5. Michele on January 18, 2024 at 7:32 am

    So you ship to Chicago Illinois ?

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