December 29, 2018
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Buffalo Trace products are very popular. Because most of us can’t get our mouths on anything from the Antique Collection, we instead drink the more common offerings such as Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare, with the occasional EH Taylor Small Batch. The question that always comes up: how do Buffalo Trace bourbons compare? In this article, Eagle Rare 10 and EH Taylor Small Batch go head to head to see how they compare.
The below table outlines key facts and figures for each bourbon.
How to Read the Chart
Eagle Rare 10 is in blue, and EH Taylor is in orange. The center of the circle indicates none of a trait. Further out the line indicates a stronger presence of that trait.
The scale (from inside to out):
Even though Eagle Rare 10 and EH Taylor Small Batch come from the same White Dog Mash #1 foundation and have similar taste profiles, there are some noticeable differences. EH Taylor Small Batch is amped-up Eagle Rare with extra servings of brown sugar, citrus, fruit, corn, and alcohol kick. For me, it’s a richer and more enjoyable drink. I can’t pinpoint what part of the creation process makes them different, but it’s likely a combination of many factors. With that said, I also compared Buffalo Trace’s Mash #1 to Stagg Jr. to see how barrel aging transformed the bourbon.
Overall, I prefer EH Taylor Small Batch and would buy it again. Eagle Rare 10 is enjoyable, but I wouldn’t buy it again unless it was for certain occasions.