Eagle Rare

17 Years Old

Brand: Eagle Rare
Expression: 17 Years Old
Type: USA Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 17 years old
ABV: 45%
Country/Region: USA / Kentucky
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Issue 71
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Buffalo Trace Distillery, 1001 Wilkinson Boulevard, PO Box 619, Frankfort, KY, Kentucky, USA
Taster   Dominic Roskrow
Nose: Classic bourbon,with vanilla,squishy yellow fruits,glace cherry,leather and polish.
Palate: Beautiful mouth feel,and a great balance of sweet candy notes offset by a healthy dose of rye and some drying tannins.
Finish: Medium long balanced,diverse and pleasant.
Comment: You either get this bourbon or you don't.If you do,this maintains the previous high standards.
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Casks after being charred, gentle oak with sweet overtones. Honey cornbread with melted butter.
Palate: Dusty spice notes, similar to rye bread, tempered with that creamy, honey oak. Soft fruits, peaches.
Finish: Long oak grip and gentle tannins.
Comment: A good all round Bourbon.
Taster   Gavin D. Smith
Nose: Soft, with vanilla, honey and meadow grass. Marshmallows in time.
Palate: Creamy, with figs, nuts, stewed fruits and gathering spices.
Finish: Long and spicy, with a hint of fruit, root ginger and lively oak.
Comment: A supple, pleasing Bourbon.
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Massive and complex. Burnt sugar, dark fruits,bitter plum and tangerineskins,sour cherry sweets.
Palate: Follows the nose,burnt sugar and sour cherries. Then come more spiced notes with a baked apple pie note dominating.
Finish: Big, oaked and exhilarating.
Comment: A bold,well balanced whiskey.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Perfumed:anise,furniture polish, mures/blackberry,candied peel. Heady and sweet,the opens intosweet wood(cedar),then rose and a dry roasted spiciness. Cognac like.
Palate: Dusty. Cinnamon balls exploding in the mouth. Citrus balanced by deep sweet power,cherry stone andlight leather
Finish: Long. Coconut. Marasco,sweet spice
Comment: A deeply classy bourbon. Recommended
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Rich.Fruity. Dawson plums. Cooked cherries. With the sour touch of rye whiskeys. Beeswax.Nutmeg. Gets creamy and spicier.
Palate: Smooth at first. Then the spices dry it a little.Perfect balance.Marasquino cherries coated with chocolate. Toffee also. Quite rich.
Finish: Long,spicy. Slightly waxy. Nutmeg and ginger.
Comment: A bourbon for non sweet teeth. Rich, very well structured.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Intense. A beautiful display of balsamic scents. Cedar.Pine essence. Freshly polished oak floor. Liquoriceroot. Pot pourri. Cinnamon tea. Atmospheric
Palate: Soft,silky. Oak prevails but not in an assertive way. Well balanced although it seems to have passed its peak. Acertain weakness at mid palate
Finish: Soft,slightly tired
Comment: A still beautiful dram but it seems to have lost some muscles with the time. The nose remains intriguing and rich
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Intense.A big whiff of rye.Sour fruit. Cranberry jelly. Burnt plums. Touch of bitter orange marmalade. In time,a floral note. Freesia. Peony. Quite expressive and complex.
Palate: Smooth at start then crisp and tightened. The same profile as on the nose. Overcooked plum jam. Spices. Ginger,cinnamon. Rich and well balanced.
Finish: Long, oaky,spicy.
Comment: A bourbon close to a rye whiskey,well structured and quite complex.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Full-on, rich sweet nose: candy, caramelised oak, cinnamon cooked in butter, hot cross buns and honey cakes.
Palate: Big, chewy and sweet with a fresh oily zap on the back palate stopping it from becoming too cloying.
Finish: Long, slightly hot.
Comment: Big and sweet. Scale down the sweet vermouth when making your Manhattan.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Dark, with great waves of oakiness: cherry stone, old leather, treacle toffee, vanilla pod. Given a lift with sugary notes and a sprig of mint.
Palate: Tannic. Marmalade, sweet fruits masked by the oak. Water calms it, but the oak is assertive.
Finish: Dry and oaky.
Comment: All that candy floss, toffee apple and wood reminded me of fairgrounds.
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Burnt sugar. Molasses. Phenol.
Palate: Chewy malt loaf. Raisins. Burnt toast.
Finish: Not so much fiery as tingling.
Comment: The nose suggested an astringent palate, but there is some balancing sweetness.
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Aromatic. Cedary. Orange zest. Intensely fruity. Slightly sharp at the back of the nose.
Palate: Orange Angel Delight. Caramel. Toffee. Wafers. Dry oiliness.
Finish: Orange peels. Bitter orange. Ginger marmalade. Late, lively, surge of spiciness.
Comment: Some interesting flavours, with lots of dimensions, but no balance or structure. I'm not wild about Angel Delight.
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