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Sazerac Rye vs Eagle Rare: Head to Head!

Discover the differences between Sazerac Rye vs Eagle Rare in this head to head comparison and decide which Whiskey is better for You!

Sazerac Rye

NoseVanilla, cherry, mint
PalateVanilla, mint, anise, oak, baking spice
FinishShort, oak, mint
Alcohol content90 proof (45% ABV)
How to drinkRocks, cocktails
Similar toKnob Creek Rye, Bulleit Rye

The Sazerac Rye makes a good substitute to the Buffalo Trace as they are both made at the same distillery with the Sazerac carrying more rye in the mash.

This makes the Sazerac Rye taste like a spicy version of the Buffalo Trace.

The nose starts off with some sweet hints of vanilla, cherry and the minty notes you expect to find in a Rye whiskey.

On the palate the sweet notes continue but then the pepper and spice notes start to take over. The mouthfeel is thin, but not in an unpleasant way, almost silky.

The only let down is the finish which ends quickly leaving oak and mint behind.

It’s sweet and spicy, as you’d expect from a pleasant rye. It doesn’t shock nor wow, but it’s very solid and quite easy to sip.

Overall, the Sazerac Rye (Review) is a nice and easy sipping and inexpensive rye whiskey, easier on the spice than most rye whiskeys as this only carries around 51% rye in the mash.

There are a few facts worth knowing about the Sazerac Rye:

  • The Sazerac Rye does not longer carry an age statement but is matured for 6 years.
  • Produced at the Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort, KY.
  • Sazerac is named after the Sazerac Coffee House on Royal Street in New Orleans.
  • The Sazerac company is a privately-owned American company headquartered in Louisiana.

Eagle Rare

NoseToasted oak, orange peel, maple syrup
PalateOak, dried fruit, vanilla, caramel, baking spice
FinishOak, tobacco, leather
Alcohol content90 proof (45% ABV)
How to drinkNeat, add water
Similar toE.H. Taylor, Blanton’s

The Eagle Rare is made at the Buffalo Trace Distillery using the same mash bill as the Buffalo Trace. The difference lies in the aging as the Eagle Rare is aged for 10 years while the Buffalo Trace for 6.

Additional aging provides a dryer and oakier taste to the Eagle Rare making it feel like a grown-up iteration of the Buffalo Trace.

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.

Definitely a keeper at MSRP ($50-$60) but not good enough to pay a crazy price for it!

I have compiled a list of alternatives to the Eagle Rare that should look into as it has become increasingly hard to find.

Sazerac Rye vs Eagle Rare: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

Sazerac Rye$34
Eagle Rare$50

Sazerac Rye vs Eagle Rare: Which is better?

Eagle Rare is a finer sipper

WhiskeySazerac RyeEagle Rare
  • Eagle Rare is a nice sipping bourbon, a bit dry and oaky on the first sip but with plenty to appreciate delivering a solid experience from nose to finish.
  • Sazerac Rye serves a different purpose, as it makes a good mixing whiskey for not overly spicy cocktails as this is a rye whiskey low in rye.
  • If you are looking for something more spicy the Bulleit Rye makes a better choice as it carries 95% rye grain in the mash delivering a nice spicy punch.
  • If you want to take it to next level look into the Whistlepig that is made using a mash 100% rye!