Review #1, /r/bourbon Review #1 – Eagle Rare 10yr, 90pf | 45.0% ABV
Hello all, this was my first piece of writing for you all and looking back it was pretty spot on. I’ve updated with slightly newer tasting notes and an updated photo now that I’m committed to archiving all of my content for posterity sake.
This is a product coming from Buffalo Trace and features their mashbill #1 blend – a low-rye recipe for distillation. It is aged 10 years and although it used to feature a single barrel statement, it does this no longer. Though the neck tag proclaiming the age is gone, the age statement still lives on in the back label.
Let’s get to it. Sampled neat out of a Glencairn after resting about 15 minutes.
Nose: Initially a wave of sugar and maple. After sitting for fifteen minutes or so, the initial acetone fades to maple and brown sugar with some hints of orange/lemon and vanilla. There’s some odd passion fruit, lots of sweetness and smells very well rounded out.
Taste: This is a nice relaxed dram, decent mouth feel with no hint to the proof. A bit sweeter too. I taste much less fruit than I smell but there is an odd maple flavor mixed with fruitiness that appears. Lots of cinnamon, maple, clove, sugar and a light hint of oak.
Finish: Pretty relaxed here also. It’s medium in duration with very gentle heat. Lots of sweet notes with a fair hint of wood peeking in.
Overall: Overall, I’m going to give this a Rank 6. It’s delicious, complex and also well made. I’m happy to have picked this dram as a starter.
1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | This is a good, solid daily.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Insurpassable | No better exists