Eagle Rare 17 2009

Finally, the first tasting note to the Buffalo Trace Bottle-Share! I have been incredibly busy over the last couple of weeks, which meant that I hadn’t had the time to taste any of them until last week. Eagle Rare 17, the upgraded bourbon from their standard Eagle Rare 10.

Cigar tobacco, banana, toasted oak. A very warming scent comes from your glass with vanille and cinnamon. Also caramel and sweet dough. After a few minutes it does get a bit more crisp. Very, very nice!

The taste is very full and creamy. There is a lot going on with more of the tastes I expected after giving this a good smell. Cinnamon sticks, sweet with a little pepper. Baked apples, and apple pie.

This is the first spot in tasting this whiskey that I have some comments. All the usual bourbon flavours are present, and they’re all very good. But, for some reason, its just not that special. The smoothness, the spices, the tartiness, its all there, but not as pronounced and it doesn’t really add anything new. Still, very good, but just not stellar.

Eagle Rare, 17yo, 45%, available sporadically for about 100 euros.

Nose: 10
Taste: 9
Finish: 8
Overal experience: 9
Price/quality: 0

Total: 36 points

5 stars


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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5 Responses to Eagle Rare 17 2009

  1. i had it this weekend too.
    it’s indeed very good. agree fully on the tobacco.

  2. marco says:

    The finish is indeed the part where it lacks a little bit

  3. Dutch Groot says:

    Haven’t had the 17yo yet, was lucky enough to get 3 bottles of the 10yo on sale in Arizona for $15 each! A really nice bourbon.
    We made a little side trip to Tennessee this past weekend, stopped at the Woodford Reserve and Wild Turkey distillerys. Was lucky enough at WR to be there when they were dumping for a bottling run, they passed around a glass with whiskey straight from the cask for us to nose, as I was the last in line I was able to taste also! They need to bottle this straight from the cask, I would guess it at 110 proof, very smooth with all the typical bourbon flavors, but concentrated into liquid gold! LOL. Very dark amber color, strong on the vanilla, caramel, and very chewy with lots of mouthfeel, none of the alcohol bite associated with high proof whiskeys. If they would bottle this it would be my favorite bourbon of all.

    • WTF! I really need to get to the States again, such prices are tremendous. Eagle Rare 10 goes for little over 40 euros here. Thats a 70% price difference…

      Woodford straight from the cask sounds awesome too. You just made me a little jealous 😉

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