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Eagle Rare 17 year old Bourbon, Buffalo Trace Antique CollectionEagle Rare 17 Year Bourbon Review

Bourbon: Eagle Rare 17 Year Bourbon, 2011 Antique Collection Release

Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, Kentucky

Age: 18 years and 7 months, as distilled in Spring of 1993. However, still called “Eagle Rare 17” as it appears that annual release varies to at least 17 years old but varies as to what the distiller selects as the perfect barrel for each new release

Proof: 90 Proof, 45% ABV

Color: Medium amber

Notes: Recipe consists of Kentucky Corn- Distillers Grade #1 and #2 (Large Grain); Minnesota Rye (Small Grain); and North Dakota Distillers Malted Barley (Finish Brain

Nose: Pleasant muskiness with an enticing aroma of the warehouse.

Taste: Enters with leathery tone and goes to very dry and deep oak with mild vanilla. The cooperage is distinct with next to no sweetness. Toward the end becomes slightly sour.

Drinks slightly higher than 90 with some heat. While there is rich cooperage and notes of the Buffalo Trace DNA, this Bourbon only plays one note well for those who enjoy a straightforward, oaky and dry flavor.

Finish: Dry, wood and hint of almond.

Bourbon review by‘s Tom Fischer


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2 Responses to “Eagle Rare 17-Year-Old Bourbon Review, 2011 Release”

  1. Jim Molnar

    A few years ago I was introduced to the 2008 bottling – wow. Since that time I’ve been able to acquire another 08, an 09, three 10’s and three 11’s. By comparison the 09 was a disappointment, the 10 went back up and was almost as good as the 08 but the 11 – head and shoulders above the 08. Smooth, great first taste, then the barrel just lingers in your mouth for a long time. Neat or on the rocks this is the best bourbon I’ve ever tasted.