Eagle Rare 17 year old (2017 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection), 45%

Price: $90 Issue: Winter 2017 Reviewer: Fred Minnick

At first it's a confectionery delight, with notes of cotton candy, caramel, burnt brown sugar, and praline. Then a spice explosion hits as the caramel becomes more defined. We're talking pumpkin pie spice with hints of allspice, cardamom, and clove. Tobacco and stone fruit develop toward the end. Alas, its medium finish, with a hint of oak, doesn't continue the complexity found on the palate.