Eagle Rare 17 Year Old (2016 Release) Kentucky Straight Bourbon


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The 2016 release of Eagle Rare 17 Year Old from Buffalo Trace’s annual Antique Collection. This is packed with notes of leather, oak, vanilla.

Size: 750ML

Proof: 90 (45% ABV)

Age: 17 Year

Origin: United States

Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery

Availability: 8 in stock

Eagle Rare Bourbon

Eagle Rare Bourbon version of their Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Bourbon was barreled in 1999 in new white oak with a #4 “alligator” char level at 125 proof. The mash was made from Kentucky corn, Minnesota rye and North Dakota Distillers malted barley. It spent the next 17 years patiently aging in warehouses H and K on the first, second and third floors. Thirty two barrels Eagle Rare Bourbon were chosen by taste, the whiskey was chill filtered, and then cut to 90 proof. A whopping 66%+ was lost to angels’ share before Spring 2016 bottling.Eagle Rare Bourbon bourbon ages in oak barrels for nearly two decades and is only available in small quantities once a year

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old (2016 Release) Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Tasting Notes

Nose: It is very inviting on the nose. It is not aggressive, but readily available with aromas of leather, candied fruit, oak and vanilla. There is a slight alcohol burn on the nose as well.

Palate: The taste profile of eagle rare bourbon is a little more aggressive than the nose and more aggressive than previous years. However, the flavors match well with the perceived aromas. Flavors of leather, oak, vanilla with just a hint of tobacco and toffee are easily detected early on. The unusual part of this bourbon experience is that most of the flavor action is from the front to mid-mouth area.

Reviews: Rating:  5 stars/Highest Recommendation
“One of the best Eagle Rare 17s ever and perhaps my favorite.”
– F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 96
“The finish is very leathery and very long”
–Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Finish: The finish is long in repeated multiple waves of activity from front to back until it settles in mid-mouth for a prolonged experience.

Distillery Information

Buffalo Trace Distillery is a distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, that is owned by the Sazerac Company. It has historically been known by several names, including the George T. Stagg Distillery and the Old Fire Copper Distillery.


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