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Eagle Rare 17 Year | Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review

Distillery: Buffalo Trace

Proof: 101

Mash bill: Undisclosed

Age: 18 years and 3 months

MSRP: $99

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Fool Proof Rating and Summary of Tasting Notes






Deep Amber

Rich vanilla, brown sugar, rich oak and a hint of black cherries and orange peel

Caramel, rich oak, cherry pie, rye spice, hint of coffee

Long, lingering, peppery and oaky finish

Full bodied and oily. Great mouth coating

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For all my tastings I use either the Libbey Signature Kentucky Bourbon Trail Whiskey Glass or a traditional Glencairn glass. They both are great for nosing and help in discerning more subtle notes.


Eagle Rare 17, is another fantastic bourbon from the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. Crafted with a unique blend of Kentucky corn, Minnesota rye, and North Dakota malted barley that's aged in white oak barrels for 17 years or more in #4 char white oak casks stored in Warehouse P - trust me when I say you won't find another whiskey like it!

Plus this rare bourbon was bottled at 101 proof to honor the original brand launched by Buffalo Trace back in 1974. Sadly you will never see this for the MSRP of $99. I have only come across it in the wild once and opted for a bottle of William Larue Weller instead. I tried this one at a restaurant while on vacation in Florida and I am glad I did!


This Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey; has a nose that is truly remarkable. It starts with rich vanilla and brown sugar, with an underlying hint of black cherries, along with a unique complexity from its oak maturation. The nose of this bourbon is initially sweet, with subtle hints of caramelized sugar and toasted oak.

As it continues to open up, you will find hints of dark berries and dried fruit, in addition to warm baking spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. As you further investigate the aroma, there are also fa