My view is that ER 10 is whiskey that didn't make the grade or taste profile to be bottled younger as Buffalo Trace. So it is aged a bit longer
and sold as single barrel to those impressed by such nomenclature. I'll take the BT over ER 10 any time.
I think Buffalo Trace is more interesting and flavorful, but it's on the edge of nail polish for me. The esters I think make it nice, but a little too much for me. I don't get that in Eagle Rare, so I prefer that.
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I think there is too much variability going on with BT distillary lately. The last 2 bottles of ER10 I had were fantastic and the standard BT was just horrible/ bitter and should have been dumped and its usually the one I prefer. Hit and miss lately so have been sticking to the WT line up and FR line up seem to be more consistent on thier products lately.
I have noticed in some, not all, bottles of regular BT an underlying mustiness that prevents me from making the brand a regular.
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I typically like ER10 better than BT, but in Atlanta - Buffalo Trace is a full $10 cheaper so I frequently reach for that one over the Eagle Rare. Also, seems to be much more private selections for BT over ER10. And I agree with others that have posted that private selections tend to be better tasting than the ones off the shelf.
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