Eagle Rare 17 Year Bourbon (Fall 2015)
Eagle Rare // Kentucky, USA
The 2015 edition of Eagle Rare 17 year old was aged on the first, second and third floors of Buffalo Trace's Warehouses Q & I. A member of the Antique Collection, the 2015 comes on the heels of last year's gold medal winner from the IWSC. Bottled at 90 proof, it carries lofty expectations and the type of lengthy aging that is rare for most bourbons on the market.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
" Find a beautifully luscious and enticing nose, with big vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate and banana bread. The sweetness tempts you, and then that 17 year aging process shows up on the palate, with drier, oaky notes, and hints of pine and cedar box. Finish is hot, but not oily, and the vanilla and cocoa notes are what ties this whole dram together. A full sip is an up-and-down ride between sweet and dry -- the wood masks this bourbon's sweetness at the front palate before it reappears. It is hidden again by a quick, hot burst at the start of the finish, and then reemerges as the final note. Open it up with a touch of water, for more of a deeper, charred brown-sugar sweetness. "