Review #645. Eagle Rare 17yr 2012

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.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7

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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect

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