Review: Eagle Rare 17 yr. old (2009 release)October 1st, 2009
This whiskey is part of Buffalo Trace Distillery’s “Antique Collection.” I’ll be reviewing the entire collection (five whiskeys total) over the next few weeks, live on Twitter (@JohnHansell), as I did this one yesterday, and then posting the review up here on WDJK. I’ll also be comparing these whiskeys to last year’s releases.
Eagle Rare 17 year old (2009 release), 45%, $65
Dry, spicy, and leathery on the nose, with candied fruit and toffee. Similar on the palate, but the dryness takes a more demonstrable role, especially towards the finish—leather, dried vanilla, warming cinnamon, brittle mint, with some candied fruit, toffee and molasses struggling to prop it all up. Bottom line here: this year’s offering has less of the richness, fullness, lush fruitiness and sweetness that balanced all the dried spice and leather notes the past two years (which I rated both a 94). Still a nice whiskey, but a slight setback for Eagle Rare 17 yr. old.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 84