Simply said, there is nothing more American than a bourbon bottle that is called Eagle Rare. With a swooping eagle, a descriptor on the back claiming how tried and true this whiskey is, and of course, American stars all over it. The packaging on this bottle is nothing short of patriotic. Thus, another bourbon bottle was snatched off the shelf for a blind tasting based on the look of the bottle.
A product of Buffalo Trace Distillery, Eagle Rare comes from a great line up of well tested bourbons. But all of this means nothing when it comes time for a blind tasting by The Society.
A wonderfully complex aroma that includes citrus, toffee, and old leather.
Notes of almond, and leather, but the society felt it was lacking in that oaky flavor that we look for in bourbons. Some members describe the finish as being very smooth, while some just simply said watery.
For a beverage that is aged no less than 10 years, we found that while the nose was enjoyable, the taste and aftertaste were lacking. This is the primary reason for our Society finger rating of 1.66. Now, while we would never refuse a pour at 1.66, this score is not strong enough for us to consider buying Eagle Rare at 47 dollars (at the time of the purchase for our review). Because of the price and the score, we give Eagle Rare a low value.
What makes a good bourbon for us is a taste that lingers pleasantly and does not immediately require another sip to cover up the aftertaste. A good bourbon for the Society is a bourbon that can be enjoyed over time; one that creates an experience of good aroma, taste, and finish. Now remember this tasting was done blind, so the rating was solely based on the experience that the bourbon offered us. After the bottle and the brand was revealed, our immediate knee jerk reaction was for us to try and change our scores. It seems like even the most experienced Society member hasn’t gotten used to the impact of scoring bourbons blind.
To Friends, Fellowship, and The Society.