December 11th, 2012 by Dipsomaniac

Go Big and The Go Home


Sometimes when you pick out a holiday gift for a friend or family member, it’s more important that your package look impressive than how it might actually taste. One year I gave 375 ml half bottles of a really expensive wine to many of my customers and friends, since that was the only configuration that was available. And it was dang fine wine.

But to a person, everyone who opened up the gift kinda shrugged and wondered why it was so small. I couldn’t say “Because that’s all I could afford and you wouldn’t appreciate a whole bottle of it anyway!” At least nobody made a spritzer in front of me.

Luckily, with Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon, you can impress with both the quality and the size of your package. (snicker) First of all, Eagle Rare is some really fine bourbon, aged ten years in charred oak barrels and bottled at 90 proof. The corn and the oak give it a really nice flavor and nose of honey and toffee, and the relatively high rye content in the mash bill contributes a spicy fruitiness that hints of orange. The bottle design is gorgeous and at +/- $25 a bottle it’s a bargain for some great whiskey.

Even better, their 1.75 liter bottle is a unique configuration that really impresses. Rather than being a wide, squat “handle” like most brown liquors, Eagle Rare packages their large bottle in a tall, stout bottle that looks like their regular fifth got hit by a magic growth ray. This monster bottle will tower over anything else in your home bar, or even better, the rest of the gift table at your Dirty Santa party or a wedding reception. For about double the price of a fifth, you actually get the equivalent of a free pint, so it’s a bargain too.

Head to your local liquor store and pick up a big bottle or two of Eagle Rare for anybody on your list who hasn’t been naughty. Or who was naughty in the right way at the right time…

You might have to jack up your Christmas tree stand to make room for your gifts, though.

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