Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon is one of the five bourbons included in the award-winning Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. This rare bourbon is released in small quantities once a year in the fall. Dark candied fruit, cigar boxes, cinnamon. Delicate and dry. Hints of leather, vanilla and tobacco. Lingering, with a hint of toffee.
Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is masterfully crafted and carefully aged for no less than ten years. The rareness of this great breed of bourbon is evident in its complex aroma, as well as the smooth and lingering taste. Eagle Rare is a bourbon that lives up to its name with its lofty, distinctive taste experience.
This very limited 20-year-old bourbon whiskey lives up to its name, maturing twice as long as our standard Eagle Rare 10-year-old bourbon and featuring two beautifully-sculpted crystal glass eagles in the Double Eagle decanter.
Even after two decades of aging in an oak barrel, this bourbon whiskey is surprisingly balanced. Hints of vanilla, toasted oak and caramel lead to a gracefully-aged oaky flavor. Like nothing you’ve ever tasted.
This year’s Eagle Rare 17 Year continues the trend of recent years and arrives with a 101 proofpoint and a true age that exceeds its 17 year age statement. While not the highest aged Eagle Rare 17 Year released, its 18 years and 6 months resting in barrels is certainly near the top. With such age there is often a fine line between being balanced versus being over oaked. Thankfully, Eagle Rare 17 tends to skew towards the former.
The sip opens with a lovely bouquet of scents in the nose. The soiree of sugars and sweet aromas with a hint of oak provides a fantastic opening to the sip, one that makes you want to linger on it before diving in. The rest of the sip follows suit, with a more straightforward but nicely balanced palate, and a finish that while good, is a tad dry and short. Ending on this dry crisp note is clearly the low point of the sip. Overall, Eagle Rare 17 Year delivers a great pour that walks the line between oaky flavors that are characteristic of a higher aged bourbon and more lively flavors that add dimension. The higher age and higher proof has treated this brand well recently, and while it still has to correct a few of its shortcomings, Eagle Rare 17 Year may one day become the standout of the Collection if it continues this trend.