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.