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Review: Eagle Rare 17 yr. old (2008 release)

October 25th, 2008

Eagle Rare, 17 year old, 45%, $65
The other whiskeys in the Antique Collection get all the attention but, for the past few years, Eagle Rare 17 yr. bourbon has been very impressive. Vanilla taffy, caramel almonds, maple syrup and candy corn, with balancing notes of polished leather, summer fruit, a dusting of cinnamon, mocha and soft mint. The flavors are nicely integrated with good depth. A rock solid effort that will not disappoint.

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 94

5 Responses to “Review: Eagle Rare 17 yr. old (2008 release)”

  1. lawschooldrunk says:

    could you compare to the 10 year old, please?

  2. John Hansell says:

    LSD, let me look and see if I have a bottle of the 10. If I do, I’ll do a taste comparison.

  3. lawschooldrunk says:


  4. John Hansell says:

    My Eagle Rare 10 “grew legs”. It’s possible that I took it with me to a party or friend’s house and left it there. I’ll track down a bottle and let you know when I do the comparison. I would want it to be a new bottling anyway because the whiskey has changed over the years. One thing I do know for sure: the last two vintages of the 17 have been exceptional.

  5. My $0.02 is that the 17yr is better than the 10yr. I only had the 10yr once but it was a side by side comparison of the 2007 10yr and 2007 17yr. The 17yr shows the wisdom and inner calm of age. That extra 7yrs of aging does a lot to mellow out the bite that the 10yr has. They are both very good but I don’t drink much so I reach for the 17yr. I love that creme brulee finish.

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