Eagle Rare 10 Year Old - Single Barrel Select - Joe.C
An Eagle Rare 10 Year Old - single barrel select from Joe.C from Everson Royce.
Nose: Toasted Marshmallows, orange blossom infused honey syrup, a hint of freshly unwrapped Cherry Jolly Rancher, crushed walnuts, old cedar, Digestif biscuits.
Palate: Brown sugar and lightly toasted walnuts upfront, rounded out by some definite oak characteristics and a dash of white pepper. Green pears show up in the aftermath as the orange blossom syrup perfume wanes.
Body: Body is good, unfurling across the palate with a pleasing weight.
Length: Finish is medium in length but quite subtle. Lingering notes of lighter honey and vanilla persist pleasingly at the tip of the tongue and in the back of the throat.
Burn: No burn on entry, a slight warming hit of alcohol as you sip deeper, with a wave of menthol cooling things off as you breathe and let the whiskey swirl around on your palate.
Complexity: Hits all the right notes for a Bourbon. Plenty to carry on with but by no means a deeply complex dram.
Expressiveness: Delightfully upfront with all the flavours, but not in an aggressive fashion. Has a 'refreshing' quality which was a pleasant (and enjoyable) surprise.
Texture: Generous for a bourbon. No wax or oil present but still a pleasing amount of weight and plenty here to carry on with.
Balance: Nailed it - feels like a greatest hits compilation of all the notes you would look for in an American style whiskey with nothing that stick out or jars. Everything just works together :)
Nose enjoyment: The darker elements such as the toasted cereal and wood make for a good time on the old olfactory receptors adding some welcome depth to what can be a fairly one sided overly sweet affair, with a lot of lesser American whiskies.
Palate: enjoyment: The upfront rush of flavours and warmth which linger but do not make a pest of themselves make this a great sipper.
Overall enjoyment: This would be a great gateway bourbon for someone looking to see what American whiskey can be when given enough time to develop some character without going too far into Woodsville or costing a bomb like some (over hyped) releases. Would also work for Scotch drinkers looking for a bourbon to cut their teeth on that has a reasonable amount of complexity and doesn't fall into the overly sweet territory a lot of bourbons tend to fall afoul of.'
- Heath Lawerence