Eagle Rare 17 Year (2020)


Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Sazerac Company

Distillery: Buffalo Trace

Release Date: September 2020 (Annual release)

Proof: 101

Age: 18 Years, 3 Months

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Color: Mahogany

MSRP: $99 (2020)

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Warm notes of aged oak | Baking spices | Hint of brown sugar | Dark fruits | Fresh baked vanilla cake | Complex & inviting


Aged oak | Dark fruits | Rye spice | Baked pie crust | Creme brulee | Berries and oak on the backend


Aged oak | Light leather | White peppercorn | Whisper of rye spice | Aged earthy flavors that show its true age


This year’s release of Eagle Rare 17 Year again sees 101 proof and ups the ante by carrying an 18 year old age statement as evidenced by the Fact Sheet from Buffalo Trace that accompanies the release. 18 years in oak can be tricky, as this much time aging can often leave a bourbon dominated by more oaky and earthy flavors. While aged oak is ever present throughout the sip and earthy flavors specifically in the finish remind you of Eagle Rare 17 Year's age, the bourbon is also full of wonderful nuanced flavors. The nose brings forth a complexity that reveals its layered nuances as you spend more time with it, while the palate delivers a great mix of dark fruits and sweet baking flavors that intertwine nicely together. All of this taken together delivers a well rounded sip on par with Eagle Rare 17 Year pours in recent memory.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Jordan Moskal

September 17, 2020
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