Eagle Rare 17 year old, 45%

Price: $70 Issue: Summer 2008 Reviewer: John Hansell

The most underrated of the five in the 2011 collection, but this year's release (like last year's) is very lovely bourbon. Perhaps just a bit softer than last year, but with a similar profile: very even keeled and nicely balanced, with sweet notes (vanilla, toffee, añejo rum) peppered with soft orchard fruit and spice (cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, hint of mint), polished oak, and subtle tobacco.