I stumbled across Eagle Rare 10 year by accident. The bottle looked interesting, a distributor suggested it and it’s distilled by one of my favorite distilleries. Did I mention the price? As a somewhat frugal consumer of all things whiskey, I’m always looking for the bang per buck return on any bottle purchased. It’s not that I don’t appreciate more expensive whiskey. I surely do. However, I can honestly say Buffalo Trace Distillery does not disappoint on the enjoyment factor with this offering.
Buffalo Trace Distillery is a well known name in the halls of Whiskeydom. They proudly proclaim themselves as the world’s most award winning distillery and justifiably so. They have received awards and special proclamations numbering in the hundreds and trace their roots back over two hundred years. In addition, it received special recognition as a National Historic Landmark in 2013. They also happen to be the producers of several of my regular bourbons: 1) Blanton’s; 2) Col EH Taylor; and, of course, 3) Eagle Rare 10 and 17 and a few other varieties that I enjoy periodically: 1) Sazerac Rye, 2) Elmer T Lee, 3) George T Stagg, and the iconic 4) Pappy Van Winkle. No other distillery comes close to filling my shelf as frequently or with as many beloved offerings as Buffalo Trace.
Eagle Rare 10 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a complex treat for the senses. It is bottled at 90 proof in both 750ml and 1.75ml bottles. It has a reddish-orange/brown appearance (darker than most other whiskeys) and has a seductive viscosity that allows the bourbon to ooze down the sides of the glass when swirled. The nose is certainly a sweet oaky aroma with hints of vanilla and leather. On the tongue, you will also pick up hints of licorice and honey in addition to the oak and vanilla with the presence of rye. This is a very smooth bourbon, but is much more than a simple gateway to better bourbons. This is a very enjoyable Kentucky bourbon that can be consumed multiple ways. You can grab the smaller bottle for anywhere from 26.99 to 39.99, but I’d stick to the 30.00 area because it’s available. There is absolutely no reason to purchase any other bourbon in the under 30.00 section. It tastes, smells and looks like a much more expensive whiskey and will not disappoint.
Check out some of their awards while enjoying a glass with me…
The only bourbon to ever win the double gold medal five times.
2013 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2013 Excellent/Strong Recommendation – Ultimate Spirits Challenge
2012 Gold Medal – Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition
2012 Gold Medal – International Wine & Spirits Challenge
2012 Excellent/Strong Recommendation – Ultimate Spirits Challenge
2011 Extraordinary/Ultimate Recommendation – Ultimate Spirits Challenge
2011 Gold Medal – Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition
2010 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2010 Gold Medal – Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition
2008 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2008 Gold Medal – Best of Category – Los Angeles Int. Wine & Spirits Competition
2007 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2006 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2005 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2004 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2003 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2002 Gold Medal – International Spirits Challenge