Reviewing Eagle Rare's 10 Year Old SIngle Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon.
A lot of things come into play when assessing a whisky. Where we are, who we're with, what we're doing, the presentation of the whisky, the reputation of the brand, what others say about it, our personal preferences in taste... how the bourbon is made, oh and the cost... but to name a few.
"Every barrel is discriminately selected to offer consistent flavor but with a seemingly individual personality."
So throw most of all those things out an open window and Eagle Rare Ten Year Old, stands up very well. Not that it shouldn't be in a crowd of other bourbons. It's just that, for the price you're paying, you're getting, we feel, a bourbonful bourbon.
Eagle Rare 10 is made from the Buffalo Trace Mashbill #1 which has a low rye content and uses a different barrel selection. That's the unofficial word. The official word is well... there is no official word. Many reviews of ER10 state that this is a good bourbon, per price point. And that's said without any pejorative connotations or using the heuristic that more expensive bourbons taste "better". Rather, you could probably pay twice as much and still, you'd enjoy this whiskey. But, since you don't have to, then enjoying for less money is itself, a damn extra good reason to partake.
Our pairing suggestion:
At the risk of stating a big "Well, duh!", there are a bajillion bourbons out there. Some you will like more, some you may not like as much. However, if you were stuck on a deserted island and you were only granted one bourbon, Eagle Rare would be very good choice indeed. Just make sure to ask for more than one bottle.