Eagle Rare seems to have changed hands a few times in its history. Starting off in the ’70s as a Seagram brand, the bourbon is now in the hands of Buffalo Trace Distillery – and that’s a good thing considering they produce some of my favorites like W.L. Weller and Buffalo Trace. By all accounts this seems to be a classic bourbon aiming for a classy slot on the shelf yet comes in cheaper than I’d expected.
– Buffalo Trace Distillery
– 90 proof
The first descriptor that comes to mind for the Eagle Rare line’s packaging is ‘boring’. From the neat outlines of the bottle and labeling to the etched image of the eponymous bird, this bourbon does not excite much interest. It has something of the air of a scotch, but with just enough jingoistic hints to make it a disappointment. The text on the rear label doesn’t help much – it compares the liquor to both the Declaration of Independence and “a fine port wine”. Come now Eagle Rare, stand on your own legs. The best thing I have to say about the packaging is that they chose a nice foil with which to cover the cork – I do appreciate a good foil.
Let’s see what this distilled patriot of ours does in the glass.
ERSB smells immediately like almonds and leafy vegetation, but there’s a little must in there too. It’s a sweet scent over all and definitely not overpowering. All in all it has a pleasant nose and very smooth.
It’s a very different beast on the tongue however. All bright citrus and oak with a sunny disposition that lasts for a decent amount of time. That is a little strange now that I think about it, the finish is not so much spice or oak, but lemon-drop.
If anything, I would say that this is a summer time bourbon. I could drink it alongside a lemonade. Despite the disappointing packaging, the bourbon inside is pretty decent and seems priced about right in the $25 area. I do want to mix a cocktail with it rather than sip it though; might be best suited for an Old Fashioned.