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