American Whiskey - Bourbon

Eagle Rare 10yr Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Rating
    516 / 904
    Rabble Rating
    4.3 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $30
    Proof
    90.0

Rating Description

Tier 2
This is a Tier 2 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.

Notes

One doesn't often think of buffalo in Kentucky but the distillery takes its name from the buffalo path (or "trace") that led to the banks of the Kentucky River in Franklin County. Buffalo Trace Distillery takes pride in the limestone water (being notably free of iron) and good soil conditions for grain. The site has had a working distillery since 1787 but the official Buffalo Trace first began operation in 1857. It obtained one of only four permits offered during Prohibition to maintain production for "medicinal purposes." Today, the distillery sits on a picturesque 119 acres and produces several labels of bourbon. 
Buffalo Trace was named Distillery of the Year by the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It was named a national historic landmark in 2013. 

Eagle Rare 10yr--along with the Buffalo Trace Bourbon--is one of Buffalo Trace's flagship spirits. Along with the required 50%+ corn in the mash bill to qualify as a bourbon, Eagle Rare has a somewhat higher quantity of rye, giving the bourbon a spicier, more robust flavor. As the label suggests, it's aged for 10 years on site.

BlueKitchen.net featured it on their "Best Bourbon Tour." They said: "This bourbon isn't a beginner's whiskey, but the rewards will be ready when you are."

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2005

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bonez1972 bonez1972 (9) (2014-08-19)

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Memphis Memphis (13) (2014-04-18)
I have 13 bottles in the cabinet now and this is my favorite. One of my bottles is four roses single. I think the few poor reviews must have been a different barrel. Butter scotch toffee heat and smooth finish. The delicious smoky sipper is wonderfully viscous.
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gatomax gatomax (7) (2014-02-27)
A super tasty single barrel bourbon! It is a bit rough on the edges, but the balance between sweet and spicey is special. Note that my experience is with Twin Liquors (Texas) select bottlings. Someone there really knows how to pick the barrels.
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derkerderr derkerderr (70) (2014-02-24)
It's ok. I was likely expecting far more than this product could deliver. Buffalo Trace has some outstanding bourbons, but this one doesn't quite measure up to some of the others.
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Edith MaGoo Edith MaGoo (56) (2014-02-15)
Like another reviewer said, this borders on "harsh". There is a slight, sweet undertone. But that is quickly washed away by the burn in the mouth and throat. Water does nothing to even it out. its drinkable, but For this price, you could get Four Roses Small Batch.
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andr01d_3000 andr01d_3000 (10) (2013-12-31)
Im surprised the score on this is so low. Im drinking this for the first time and its incredibly smooth with that sweetness that I love about bourbon. Id recommend Eagle Rare for sure.
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vinevine vinevine (4) (2013-11-13)
Try it once
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NeatPour NeatPour (169) (2013-08-08)
It's a pretty smooth bourbon with the stand out flavor's being the rye. It's 45 dollars where I am so I can't help but compare it to the first rye whiskey I had which is Bulleit rye. While eagle rare is a little smoother it also has way less rye flavors. With bulleit being half the price & my preference for larger more robust flavors I'm going to have to favor bulleit. I suppose this is a bit 'classier' & more people friendly due to the more mellow/smoother profile so I can see where rye enthusiasts would dig this
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BigTee BigTee (5) (2013-04-28)
This is a very nice whiskey. I would drink this before many higher priced bourbons. Its one of my favorites.
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tomq0822 tomq0822 (3) (2013-04-16)
First sample this evening. Smooth throughout well balanced. Enjoyed very much
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ProfessorCocktail ProfessorCocktail (49) (2012-09-29)
A delicious aroma of toffee leads to a sweet and spicy flavor. It's nutty and warm with a sensuous finish. A near-perfect balance of sweet and spice. A delicious bourbon. I could drink this every day. For more reviews, including the results of our bourbon taste tests, please visit ProfessorCocktail.com.
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ohio_outlaw ohio_outlaw (9) (2012-09-14)
Can't get better than this. Smooth and chewy. Vanilla and oak. Probably the best all around bourbon.
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StanMemTn StanMemTn (81) (2012-09-09)
Like an intricate, well-written novel filled with characters you don't really like, I feel like I missed out on something with this one. Spice, oak, and complexity were all present in spades but I come to bourbon looking first for warmth and a rich, sweet heart. This one bordered on harshness. Perhaps my tastes are too simple.
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voldron voldron (10) (2012-03-19)
A nice bourbon but a little meek in the middle and the finish. Over time hints of leather, almost like sitting in a leather store, become prominent; which actually become more vibrant in it's 17 year old big brother. I wish they would have made this in an uncut and unfiltered version as it has a lot of potential in it, but seems to have lost a lot of it's character.
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magezi magezi (56) (2012-03-07)
Ok. I love it! 10 year old bourbon and not too expensive. There's sugary wood taste with nice spices. Quite light body, maybe they should bottle it little bit more ABV? It's excellent whiskey for the price, but not perfect. There is something missing, but I can't say what it is. Maybe it is too light for so much wood, or maybe I'm asking too much?
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ReligionSucketh ReligionSucketh (17) (2011-12-17)
Very smooth, with just enough spice to warm you up, which is perfect this time of year. A little more complex than Jim Beam Devil's Cut, and no one flavor is dominant, allowing Eagle Rare to be a great mixer. This one will definitely be a repeat buy for me.
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degbert degbert (135) (2011-12-16)
I'm not crazy about this bourbon, to be honest. There's a lot of medicinal heat, and the nose is funky and herbal. It tastes like it's not quite aged long enough -- and for the price, I expect more, especially when there are better options.
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aslezak aslezak (27) (2011-09-26)
When enjoyed neat, the flavors on this bourbon cannot be beat.  Strong but full of complex notes, I don't think you'll find a better bourbon at any price.  If you enjoy your bourbon on the rocks, however, you may enjoy a bourbon like Buffalo Trace more.
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abhya abhya (4) (2011-04-18)
Smooth ride
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Jags007 Jags007 (10) (2011-04-18)
Good taste!
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dj1726 dj1726 (8) (2011-04-18)
Smooth like a Chinese chick
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dschafer dschafer (17) (2011-03-29)
One of the top bourbons in its price range, hands down!
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ChrisCarlsson ChrisCarlsson (326) (2010-08-28)
An amazing whiskey especially for the price. Only brain damaged frat boys or fasion victims would consider buying anything else in its $20-30 price range. It is worth about twice the money if you compare it in quality. A best buy for the low end (in price that is). Highly recommended for bars, but reference the drinks section on serving.
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jfatt340 jfatt340 (15) (2010-08-05)
Get the 1.75ml bottle and non bourbon drinkers will ask about it, then try it, and then be hooked.
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Irishman Irishman (250) (2009-06-05)
This is a very nice bourbon. Light, smooth, and flavorful without being overpowing. A must have addition to any bar.
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Phizbin Phizbin (187) (2008-10-11)
My personal bourbon... I drink this pretty much before I drink anything else. Until I'm a millionaire and can polish off $500 bottles with nary a thought, this sparkling, beautiful, $30 bourbon is perfect.
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