The American Bald Eagle flies through the air and swoops down on its prey – the design of the 10-year-old Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon is a quite patriotic one, although I have to admit that this bourbon stands out in a positive way due to the really nice shape of the bottle. We’re dealing with a very high quality: the bottle has a nice heavy bottom and there are no big labels on it so you have a perfect view on the liquid inside.
The Eagle Rare Bourbon has the proud age of ten years what’s actually quite rare. Numerous Bourbons appear on the market at a much younger age (respectively with no age named on the label). Of course they have to mature for a minimum of 3 years but if you compare that to an average Single Malt Scotch Whisky that isn’t really much. So the ten years of age do not necessarily guarantee an outstanding whiskey, but very often it is indeed a good indication.
This Kentucky Straight Bourbon was distilled in Frankfort, Kentucky, in the Buffalo Trace Distillery. The distillery has changed names several times in its history, so that they are also known under the names of George T. Stagg Distillery or OFC Distillery. As you can already guess the famous Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon is also distilled there. Perhaps worth mentioning is that the Buffalo Trace Distillery claims to be the oldest continuously producing distillery in the United States.
But now lets have a closer look at the Eagle Rare. I can bluntly say: It is an excellent bourbon! Anyone who loves this kind of whiskey will enjoy this matured distillate. The Eagle Rare is a well balanced whiskey and brings a full cargo of flavors with it. The American white oak (which is required for maturation by law) leaves its mark after ten years in the barrel. The Whiskey also carries really delicate vanilla, honey and subtle wood notes.
Nose: Strong vanilla bearing light tones of orange juice, while still spicy and full-bodied with oak and honey
Taste: full-bodied with fruity flavors, nut and subtle toasty aromas of roasted coffee or cocoa beans; the proclaimed salt nuances I cannot find.
Finish: long and pleasing
In short: a really excellent whiskey!