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Friday’s Pick: Eagle Rare 17 yr. (2007 release)

February 29th, 2008

Eagle Rare, 17 year old, 45%, $55
While labeled as a 17 year old, it’s actually 19, distilled way back in 1988. Each year’s release of this whiskey just seems to get better and better. Some of the earlier vintages turned slightly oaky and dry for balance, (the 10 year old Single Barrel Eagle Rare whiskeys did too a while back), but those smart people over at Buffalo Trace fixed just keep on improving the line. Tight, well-balanced notes of molasses, vanilla, and candied fruit and sweet corn, peppered with crisp mint, cinnamon, and polished leather. Eagle Rare 17 year old is evolving into a whiskey of classic proportion.

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 94

2 Responses to “Friday’s Pick: Eagle Rare 17 yr. (2007 release)”

  1. Dear John,
    Sorry I am not breaking up with you. In fact I would like to invite you into my home. The Eagle Rare series of bourbons are spetacular! The 12 year seems to be the most consitant yet not necessary the most complex. I am voracious for knowlege pertaining to George T Stagg bourbons and Eagle Rare 17 and 18 year bourbons for distribution inside the New York City market. If said product is allocated. Please advise me as to the channels as said allocation would allow me to acertain said product. I love all your bourbons and would like to be introduced to anything you have planned in the future.
    Thank you
    Todd VanderVoort

  2. John Hansell says:

    Todd, Yes, the Eagle Rare whiskeys are very nice and seem to keep getting better. The older ones in particular are always hard to find. I suggest you contact one of the speciatly whiskey retailers in New York to obtain a bottle. You can find them listed in the back of Malt Advocate magazine or on our website.

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