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 BourbonBlog.com‘s Tom Fischer