Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon

Single Barrel Bourbon,
10 Year, 45% ABV, $22

The aroma is of fresh cut straw, honey, apple, tobacco, caramel and corn husk. As the aroma fades, the last thing I smell is dark ripe cherry.  The initial taste is very different from other bourbons I’ve had.  There’s a rough, earthy quality to it, yet its still delicate with a bit of sweetness. The flavors are molasses, honey, ginger, pine, candied cherry, white pepper and fig.  The finish is woody and peppery with the rough flavors following through to the end… molasses, pine sap and honey. It’s leathery and spicy, but nicely in balance.  This really is unique compared to other bourbons and I’m really enjoying it.  Further sipping reveals a bit of tart green apple and sweet tobacco.  I wish that I had tried this one much sooner.  Now, I’m looking forward to a taste of the 17 Year offering in the annual Buffalo Trace Antique Collection.

Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon

Single Barrel Bourbon,
No Age Specified, 50% ABV, $40

Notes of toffee, cherry, shortbread and ginger on the nose with a hint of cigar box. There’s also a sweetness that nicely offsets the alcohol burn. The taste is full of ginger and pepper that bursts, then subsides to a gentle fade. The burst of flavor is also filled with bitter orange, apple, vanilla, cinnamon and plum jelly. A bit of clove and white pepper are left on the palate as the burn subsides. I would characterize this as a very bright and spicy whiskey. Smooth would not be an appropriate label here and I mean this in a positive sense. I may have to spring for a limited edition offering based on this experience. This is a unique bourbon and I’m looking forward to more like it.

Here’s the description from Four Roses:

A premium Single Barrel Bourbon with a taste you’ll want to savor again and again. Complex, full bodied and surprisingly smooth with a delicate long finish that’s unbelievably mellow. Contains hints of ripe plum and cherry tastes with fruity, spicy aromas including maple syrup and cocoa.