Discover the differences between E.H. Taylor Small Batch vs Eagle Rare 10 Year in this in-depth comparison and decide which bourbon is better for You!
E.H. Taylor Small Batch
|Nose||Cherry, tobacco, chocolate, cinnamon, caramel|
|Palate||Vanilla, caramel, spice, oak|
|Finish||Charred oak, black pepper, vanilla, cherry|
|Alcohol content||100 proof (50% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water|
|Similar to||Buffalo Trace, E.H. Taylor Single Barrel|
The nose is rich and inviting, heavy on cherry, chocolate and tobacco followed by a subtle ethanol hit.
The color is light red, almost pink making it look unique.
On the palate you get a thick oily texture, a bit of heat and bitterness at first, that swiftly moves into sweet vanilla and fruity notes with a whiff of spice and oak.
The finish is the shining moment of the E.H. Taylor, it starts with charred oak and black pepper to evolve into lingering vanilla and cherry at a medium-length, along pleasing warmth making it entirely satisfying.
After tasting the E.H. Taylor Small Batch I get why is it so popular and hard to find: because is gooood!
This is like a slightly hotter and more affordable Blanton’s, layered, complex, with predominant sweetness mingling with spice and oak.
If you have tried the Buffalo Trace you will find many of its tasting notes in the E.H. Taylor just that turned all the way up making it immensely better!
There are a few facts worth knowing about the E.H. Taylor Small Batch:
- Made from a blend of 7 year old barrels hallowed from the sixth floor of Warehouse C. This warehouse was constructed by Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr in 1881.
- E.H. Taylor is bottled in bond, which means that the bourbon was distilled in one season and bottled at least 100 proof.
- Each bottle is packaged in a canister reminiscent of the bottles Taylor used over one hundred years ago.
- E.H. Taylor is considered one of the founding fathers of bourbon.
Eagle Rare 10 Year
|Nose||Toasted oak, orange peel, maple syrup|
|Palate||Oak, dried fruit, vanilla, caramel, baking spice|
|Finish||Oak, tobacco, leather|
|Alcohol content||90 proof (45% ABV)|
|How to drink||Neat|
|Similar to||Buffalo Trace, Weller, Angel’s Envy|
Nose kicks-off with toasted oak, followed by orange peel, red fruit and maple syrup.
On the palate, the Eagle Rare shows a creamy body as the texture feels buttery. First sip is strong in oak, but as you let it develop vanilla, dried fruit, caramel and baking spice pop-up bringing good balance to the dram.
The finish is long, providing a bit of a bite, with more oak to it, along old leather and tobacco notes.
Adding water brings a bit more of caramel, tunes-down the finish, although it remains oaky.
Eagle Rare might not be the best bourbon for beginners as it’s a bit too oaky, but it has plenty to appreciate as it drinks quite nicely and makes one of the best 10 year old bourbons.
I have compiled a list of alternatives to Eagle Rare that should look into as it has become increasingly hard to find.
Eagle Rare ticks all the right boxes as it’s aromatic, complex, full-bodied, tasty and pleasantly warm making it a keeper.
There are a few things worth knowing about Eagle Rare:
- It ages for no less than 10 years in new, highly charred American oak barrels under the sun.
- The barrels are hand-picked for quality and consistency before bottling.
- The brand was launched in 1975 by Seagram, was later purchased by the Old Prentice Distillery and was acquired by Sazerac in 1989.
What do E.H. Taylor and the Eagle Rare have in common?
Crafted at the same distillery using the same mash bill
- Both are made at the Buffalo Trace Distillery using the same mash bill low in rye.
- This mash is also used to make the Buffalo Trace, Stagg Jr. and Benchmark.
Are E.H. Taylor and Eagle Rare the same bourbon?
Aging and proof makes them different
- E.H. Taylor is a bottled in bond release offered at 100 proof and is aged for around 7 years.
- Eagle Rare is bottled at 90 proof and aged for 10 years.
This is enough to produce different flavors in the bourbons although they are quite similar.
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|E.H. Taylor Small Batch||$80|
|Eagle Rare 10 Year Straight Bourbon||$50|
E.H. Taylor vs Eagle Rare: Which is better?
This is a tough one as they are both quite good and comes down to a matter of personal preference:
- The E.H. Taylor is a younger spirit (7 years) and feels a bit warmer with less oak to it. It’s nicely balanced, layered with a buttery body making a very rewarding dram.
- The Eagle Rare is a 10 Year spirit, making it richer in oak and the lower proof lessens the heat. This is also a tasty and well balanced pour, although a bit dry on the finish.
Honestly, this one is too close to call. When in doubt I’d rather stick with the more affordable option but regardless of which you choose you can rest assured that you are buying a very nice pour.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!