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Every Eagle Rare Bourbon Reviewed [2021]

Last updated Jan 13, 2021 | Published on Jan 12, 2021


by Matty Sims

Eagle Rare has a long history. Originally, it was released by Seagram’s as a competitor to Wild Turkey 101. Now ER10 is distilled by Buffalo Trace and is one of the best values at $30 for a 10-year bourbon.


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Eagle Rare 10-Year-Old Review

Eagle Rare 10

Eagle Rare 10 Year Bourbon
ER10 DetailsFacts
MashbillKY Corn, MN Rye, ND Malted Barley (Undisclosed %)
Off the Still140 Proof
In the Barrel125 Proof
In the Bottle90 Proof
BarrelNew, White Oak
#4 Alligator Char (55 Seconds)
Barrel MakerIndependent Stave Co
712 East Main
Lebanon, KY 40033
Release TypeSmall Batch
Age10 Years
DistilleryBuffalo Trace Distillery
113 Great Buffalo Trace
Frankfort, KY 40601
ProsFruit Rich Nose
ConsLonger, Bolder Finish
RatingSilver 92.4 out of 100 Points
InventoryKeep Stocked

According to Buffalo Trace:

Eagle Rare Bourbon Whiskey is masterfully crafted and carefully aged for no less than ten years. Every barrel is discriminately selected to offer consistent flavor but with a seemingly individual personality. Eagle Rare is a bourbon that lives up to its name with its lofty, distinctive taste experience.

Nose – 92 out of 100 Points

Right off the bat, I get cherries followed by caramel, cinnamon, and nutmeg. There’s also a nice creamy vanilla note. It’s beautifully balanced with sweet and subtle warming spice notes.

Taste – 92 out of 100 Points

The front palate offers sweet and tart fruits with cherries and crisp Granny Smith apple starring. Mid-palate caramel appears with warming baking spice joining for a nice balanced back of the palate. There’s also some pleasant charred oak.

Finish – 91 out of 100 Points

Eagle Rare 10 offers a medium finish with the sweetness stepping into the shadow and cinnamon, subtle burnt caramel, and leather stepping into the spotlight.

Complexity – 92 out of 100 Points

I love the complexity of the fruit, baking spice, and the leather on the finish. They all play well together.

Value – 95 out of 100 Points

$30 for a 10-year bourbon? Yes, please. The bad news? It’s allocated in many states. For instance, I live in SC, and I can hardly find it without hunting or paying more the retail. My solution? I usually can snag a few a couple of times a year in GA. Hunt smarter, not harder.

Verdict – Silver 92.4 out of 100 Points

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Eagle Rare a good bourbon?

Yes, I would consider Eagle Rare a very good bourbon — as you can see by my rating, it was just shy of gold status.

How rare is Eagle Rare?

This question is complicated because it depends on your state. In some states, it’s heavily allocated. In others, Eagle Rare is always on the shelf. Others it’s intermittently on the shelf.

How much is a bottle of Eagle Rare?

A 750 mL of Eagle rare is $30, and a handle of ER10 is $60.

Where can I buy Eagle Rare?

Check your local liquor store. It’s a nationwide release. The only hold up will be its allocation in your area.

Is Eagle Rare top shelf?

No, Eagle Rare is not top shelf, but it’s still a damn good bourbon.

How often is Eagle Rare released?

Eagle Rare 10 is a national release that’s produced in small batches throughout the year. Eagle Rare 17, on the other hand, is only released once a year in the fall and in limited quantities.

Is Eagle Rare Buffalo Trace?

Yes, all current Eagle Rare bourbon is made by Buffalo Trace.

Is all Eagle Rare 10 Year?

No, Buffalo Trace also makes a 17 year Eagle Rare, and Double Eagle Very Rare was a 20-year bourbon.

Is all Eagle Rare Single Barrel?

Buffalo Trace used to bottle Eagle Rare as a single barrel, but it’s no longer labeled that way. Eagle Rare is available in Buffalo Trace’s single barrel program, so watch out for store picks locally.

Double Eagle Very Rare Guide

Double Eagle Very Rare

Double Eagle Very Rare
DEVR DetailsFacts
MashbillKY Corn, MN Rye, & ND Malted Barley
Off the Still140 Proof
In the Barrel125 Proof
In the Bottle90 Proof
BarrelNew, White Oak
#4 Alligator Char (55 Seconds)
Barrel MakerIndependent Stave Co
Release TypeLimited Release
ReleasedEarly 2019
Age20 Years
DistilleryBuffalo Trace Distillery
InventoryExtremely Rare

The chances of me tasting Double Eagle Very Rare are, well, rare, so I figured I’d find an in-depth video review because misery loves company. However, I couldn’t even find a review on YouTube, so I guess it’s so rare no one has quite tasted it yet.

The name is an on the nose the description of what you’ll get for $1,999 — two sculptured crystal glass eagles, one inside the bottle and the other a bottle stopper and bourbon aged for double the time as the standard Eagle Rare 10. With only 299, Double Eagle Very Rare was ultra limited.

Dusty Eagle Rare (Old Prentice Distillery) Guide

Dusty Eagle Rare Decanters

Eagle Rare was first released in 1975 by Seagram Master Distiller Charles L. Beam. It was the last line expansion by Seagram before Diageo swooped down in 1989 and bought the company along with Eagle Rare. Originally, it was distilled at Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg then bottled at several locations by Old Prentice Distillery — Old Prentice-New Orleans (with UPC 88004 – BT) and finally bottles from Frankfort (UPC 88004- BT). ER was a 101 proof bourbon meant to compete with Wild Turkey 101. They even ran ads back and forth at each other’s expense.

Dusty Eagle Rare AdEagle Rares vs Wild Turkey 101Eagle Rare also competed with Wild Turkey in the ceramic decanter market as you’ll see above. It was a heated rivalry between the distilleries, which has now vanished as Buffalo Trace rebranded Eagle Rare a single barrel bourbon at 90 proof.

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is the Editor-in-Chief at a digital media company. LeAnn (his wife) and his daughters Claire, Maddy, and Adele along with a brand new pup Booker live in Taylors, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys cracking a well-aged bottle of bourbon with friends and sharing stories, or cracking one of his favorite daily sippers on the back porch while the pup and his kids play in the backyard. He is a storyteller at heart, and Bourbon has deep roots in storytelling.

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