Eagle Rare soars, sweeps, swirls, and dives smoothly; I would describe it as sweet with an orange spice tone, and the pros at Eagle Rare describe it thus:
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Nose: Complex aromas of toffee, hints of orange peel, herbs, honey, leather and oak
Taste: Bold, dry, oaky flavors with notes of candied almonds and very rich cocoa
Finish: Dry and lingering
The band's history is storied; a dynamic and explosive start, several years of success, then Joe Perry and Brad Whitford (the other guitarist) leave the band, followed later by their return and a Rare return to success and continued fame. But you can read about the band Aerosmith on Wikipedia. Perry is a brilliant guitarist, writing much of the music with Tyler and even lead singing in a few of their songs. His style is smooth and sweet, like the bourbon in this feature; just listen to songs like "Sweet Emotion", "Same Old Song and Dance", "Rag Doll" and "Dude Looks Like a Lady" (can't hear this song without picturing Robin Williams in an old lady costume air-guitaring and dancing in pumps with a vacuum cleaner in "Mrs. Doubtfire"). The amplifier settings no-doubt feature some crunching riffs that rock 'n roll enthusiasts long for, but the notes flow and sweep through the songs, creating a very enjoyable sound most people can tap their feet to.
My favorite Aerosmith song, however, is "Last Child". Steven Tyler's almost sassy voice weaves in and out of the strong notes played by Perry through the verses, taking off to his almost wailing of "Last Child!" during the chorus, perfectly complementing the warm and resonating strings being plucked by Perry. Perry steps up and down on the neck of his guitar, sometimes soaring with Tyler's voice, sometimes swirling and sweeping through brief solos and riffs, and sometimes diving like a Rare eagle aiming for its prey.
There's no question that Eagle Rare is a fantastic bourbon, reasonably priced for such an aged whiskey. Its sweet flavors are perfect for the beginner bourbon connoisseur and complex enough to be enjoyed by long-time bourbon enthusiasts with its spice and bite. Joe Perry is a perfect pairing, offering gentle but still edgy noise to the ears of rock listeners.