Review 2017-071 «Specifics» Straight bourbon whiskey • Undisclosed mash bill • 45.0% Alcohol • Matured for 10 years in new charred-American oak barrels • Chill filtered • Caramel-coloured • Buffalo Trace Distillery • Frankfort • Kentucky • U.S.A. • Widely available • Price ±€40 • Whiskybase #27407
STORY. Originally a 101-proof ten-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey from Seagram created by master distiller Charles L. Beam, this is now a premium bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distilleries. They left the age statement from the neck of the bottle, and are probably heading for a lower aged bourbon. Unfortunately, most would say. It has collected a payload of awards and positive critics, and is generally considered as a valid bang-for-buck premium bourbon.
APPEARANCE. A sticker of landing eagles is prominently present on the bottle, which for the rest does not appear very classy (but that’s just my personal taste). Liquid seems somewhat altered in colour.
NOSE. Honey, toffee, oak, and in the beginning there are big notes of glue. Without water it remains quite bitter, while diluting it brings out notes of a range of spices. Time in the glass (and water) is needed to mellow the bitter woodiness. However, it remains fairly simple, development-wise.
TASTE. A mellow attack of sweetness with predominantly toffee along with big notes of brown sugar, caramel and sirup. A light fruitiness comes up in time containing notes of blackberries and raspberries. It needs some time to get rid of the bitterness of overactive oak. Then it becomes more fruity and aromatic. Finish is short, but round and smooth.
VERDICT. A mellow and smooth bourbon, except for the overactive oak, which makes it too bitter for my taste. The complex notes remain too much on the background. I must say that I prefer other cheaper (and more complex) bourbons.
Recommended for bourbon lovers (except me).
A sample of this was purchased from Whiskyhuis.be.
«What others say»
- @Whiskybase: Mean score of 79.33 (5 votes)
- @breakingbourbon: “Delicious, inexpensive, and readily available” Score: 3/5
- @thewhiskywash: “Ultimately, Eagle Rare doesn’t knock my socks off like it once did, but it’s still an excellent choice, especially for the price”
- John Hansell @whiskyadvocate: “For those who like their bourbon bold and with plenty of oak impact” Score: 82/100
- @modernthirst: “It’s still drinkable, and it’s still a decent bourbon, but it’s no longer the great bourbon at a greater price point it used to be” Score: 84/100