Eagle Rare 17 year old, 45%

Price: $80 Issue: Summer 2008 Reviewer: John Hansell

Often ignored because it's not barrel proof like the other bourbons in the collection. The past couple years have shown a gradual increase in oak spice and resin. This year's offering particularly sports unnecessary oak, showing more leather, dried spice (especially cinnamon), barrel char and tannins than needed to marry with the toffee, caramel, rum, mocha, dried fruit, and tobacco notes. Still very enjoyable, but slightly past its prime.