Review #645 | /r/Bourbon Review #374 – Buffalo Trace Antique Collection: Eagle Rare 17yr (Fall 2012 Release)
The Schtick: This is the Fall 2012 Release of Buffalo Trace’s coveted Antique Collection member: Eagle Rare 17yr.
Distiller: Buffalo Trace
Bottler: Buffalo Trace
ABV: 45% ABV
Age: 17 Years
Mashbill: Buffalo Trace’s Mashbill #1
Source: Bottle, Tasting
Nose: Fruity sawdust, oaky, cocoa, caramel, rich pepper. Really quite fruity.
Taste: Medium mouth feel, no heat, cocoa, oaky sawdust, fruity. It’s actually super fruity, loaded with raspberry, melon, passion fruit, vanilla and caramel. It’s everything I like about an off the shelf Eagle Rare 10yr Pick, but amplified a bit. The oak really helps to balance what could easily be runaway sweetness, as well.
Finish: Oaky, peppery, nice oak and sawdust notes. It is definitely mash bill 1 but balances really well with the soft oak character.
Overall: Damn good, if a hair underproofed. If this was cask strength, I bet it would be awesome, but we can all surmise why it is not. That said, it’s not over oaked and delivers a floral, fruity, faintly oaky profile with great proficiency and zero bitterness.
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