The highly sought-after 17-Year-Old version of the Eagle Rare straight bourbon from the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection.
Previous vintages have been near-impossible to source in Australia and the 2019 release arrives early 2020 in similarly scant quantities.
The Eagle Rare is one of the more elegant releases of the BTAC collection, showcasing delicacy and complexity.
The Fall 2019 release – bottled Summer 2019 – is 17 years and three months old at bottling, the distillation taking place in the spring of 2002. Bottled at 101 proof, 50.5%.
Buffalo Trace tasting notes:
Nose: Cooked cherries, oak and maple syrup.
Palate: Cocoa, caramel and oak.
Finish: Long finish of cinnamon, tobacco leaf and spearmint.
Distillation: Double distilled; beer still and doubler.
Proof off still: 135 proof.
Barrel: New, white oak; #4 char; charred for 55 seconds.
Barrel Maker: Independent Stave; Lebanon, KY.
Barrel Entry Proof: 125 proof.
Barrel Size: 53 liquid gallons; 66.25 original proof gallons.
Warehouse: Warehouse P.
Floor: 1st floor.
Evaporation loss: 66% of the original whiskey lost to evaporation.
Product Age: 17 years and 3 months old at bottling.
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