Monday, 25 May 2009

EAGLE RARE Single Barrel 13 years old 45%

Criminally seductive honey sweetness. Fruitiness that switches between cherries and blueberries. Cinnamon-laced corn. A light touch of woodsmoke adds to the mesmerizing palette.

Magnificent melt-in-the-mouth liquid honey with crystal clear rye fruitiness floating on top. Chewy oak and coconuts. After a minute or so, a chocolate toffee character with faint echoes of liquorice takes over.

Honey in pole position with some fragmented corn and rye trying to get a foot in amidst a wave of spicy oak.

Produced exclusively for the renowned French whisky shop La Maison du Whisky. Bearing in mind that the folks at La Maison and them guys at Buffalo Trace know their stuff, it hardly comes as a surprise that this is a goodie. Perhaps not as distinctive as Blanton´s or Stagg, what this whiskey lacks in individuality it more than enough compensates for with both elegance and sheer hedonism. BT-collectors note: this bottle is more or less identical to the ER 10yo. The only difference being a silver sticker on the neck and the number 10 being drawn over on the back label. Cask No. 23.

Rating: 8,5/10

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