Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tasting: Eagle Rare 10 Years Old - Private Selection

Eagle Rare 10 Year Private Selection.
Barrel picked by Ed Bley for Cork ‘n Bottle.
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Distillery: Buffalo Trace
Age: 11 years
Proof/ABV: 90 Proof
Mash Bill: BT. mash bill #1
Average US Price: $30
Release: Ongoing

Points: 91/100

To start off this review I do have to say, I am a big fan of Buffalo Trace. Every year they put out some of the best bourbons on the market. From bottom shelf to top shelf bourbons they have a little something for everyone.

Buffalo Trace Distillery states the following about Eagle Rare via their website: 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. Eagle Rare is a bourbon that lives up to its name with its lofty, distinctive taste experience.

Eagle Rare was originally a product of Seagram’s, and was introduced in 1975 at 101 proof. The Sazerac Company acquired Eagle Rare from Seagram in 1989. The Sazerac Company, who is the parent company to Buffalo Trace, continued distilling and bottling Eagle Rare at 101 proof up till 2005. Buffalo Trace discontinued the original 101 proof in 2005, making it the 10 year old, 90 proof single barrel we all know and love.

Eagle Rare uses Buffalo Trace’s mash bill number 1 which is their low rye mash bill. The 10 year age statement has been moved to the back label of the bottle, and they have also removed the single barrel classification from the label. Buffalo Trace stated that “because of the move from a hand-bottling line to a high speed automated line, they can no longer use the single barrel statement. This is due to the fact that a bottle could technical contain a bourbon from two different barrels, when the line switches from one barrel to the next.”

On to my review!

Soft and sweet. Sweet Oak, orange peel, candied almonds, dried cherries, toasted marshmallow, and leather.

This pour is just amazing! Soft and creamy with no burn. Sweet up front. Honey, brown sugar, sweet cherries, with orange marmalade. Then there is a hint of pepper, with sweet cinnamon, followed by toasted oak and pipe tobacco. Very well balanced, and a great pour.

Medium to long.  Sweet caramel, toasted marshmallow, with peppery oak!

Photo & Review By: Aaron Cave