This bourbon was recommended to me by multiple people, and $28 at Total Wine seemed like a great deal considering. The bottle is very nice, sleek and slender clear glass, with an American Bald Eagle adorning the front. The story on the back preaches patriotism and freedom and innovation, including the crafting of Bourbon as the true American spirit.
Around the neck of the bottle, a tag lets you know that this is the only bourbon to ever win the double gold medal five times at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. On the inside of that tag, Eagle Rare announces The Rare Life Award and encourages you to nominate someone based on their courage, leadership, survival, heroism, devotion or character. (PS. The winner of the award has $30,000 donated to charity in his/her name, and each of the six finalists have $3,000 donated for each of them. My tag says $10,000 but the website video says they upped that for 2013).
Beautiful maple syrup aroma with a touch of honey and orange. Perfectly sweet scent. You will taste the oak immediately, carried with a lovely corny sweetness that follows the aroma. This bourbon totally coats the entire mouth and gets all of your taste buds fired up.
Spicy and fruity at the same time--nice orange and apricot flavors. A little floral in the finish too. Extremely pleasant and not sharp at all. The 45% alcohol (90 proof) was perfect and provided an excellent heat in the chest, while remaining soft to the palate. Complex for sure and one of the best bourbons I've had in a category I adore. Definitely a spirit that will make you switch!