Eagle Rare 17 Year (2021)


Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Sazerac Company

Distillery: Buffalo Trace

Release Date: October 2021 (Annual Release)

Proof: 101

Age: 18 Years, 6 Months

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Color: Dark Copper

MSRP: $99 (2021)

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Toasted sugar | White peppercorn | Aged oak | Baking spice | Hints of vanilla | Light cinnamon baked apples | Lovely opening to the sip


Vanilla | Crème brûlée | Tart apple | Cinnamon syrup | Hints of dark fruits | Nicely balanced


Dry oak | Peppercorn | Dry leather | Earthy | Fleeting vanilla | Warming heat | Dry & short


This year's Eagle Rare 17 Year continues the trend of recent years and arrives with a 101 proofpoint and a true age that exceeds its 17 year age statement. While not the highest aged Eagle Rare 17 Year released, its 18 years and 6 months resting in barrels is certainly near the top. With such age there is often a fine line between being balanced versus being over oaked. Thankfully, Eagle Rare 17 tends to skew towards the former.

The sip opens with a lovely bouquet of scents in the nose. The soiree of sugars and sweet aromas with a hint of oak provides a fantastic opening to the sip, one that makes you want to linger on it before diving in. The rest of the sip follows suit, with a more straightforward but nicely balanced palate, and a finish that while good, is a tad dry and short. Ending on this dry crisp note is clearly the low point of the sip. Overall, Eagle Rare 17 Year delivers a great pour that walks the line between oaky flavors that are characteristic of a higher aged bourbon and more lively flavors that add dimension. The higher age and higher proof has treated this brand well recently, and while it still has to correct a few of its shortcomings, Eagle Rare 17 Year may one day become the standout of the Collection if it continues this trend.

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

October 15, 2021
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