EAGLE RARE 17 YEAR-OLD This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Buffalo Trace. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link towards the bottom of this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.
While 2020 has not given us much to look forward to, the Buffalo Trace Distillery released the Antique Collection on schedule this fall. Buffalo Trace first launched this special collection in 2000. It includes the George T. Stagg, the William Larue Weller, the Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye, the Sazerac 18 Year Old, and the Eagle Rare 17 Year Old.
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Over the years, the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (BTAC) has gained notoriety. The bottles retail for $99, but if you search online you’ll see them go for much higher. While the Antique Eagle Rare has a 17-year-old age statement, it is actually aged over a year longer. This will increase the price on the secondary market, as it is rare to see bourbons age over 15 years.
The 2020 Eagle Rare 17 Year Old in the BTAC pays tribute to the 1974 launch of the Eagle Rare Brand. In fact, at that time, it was bottle at 101 proof. Once again, the 2020 Antique Eagle Rare goes back to its roots at the same proof. Similarly, the 17-year-old Eagle Rare is mellow like the Antique Sazerac 18 Year Old. In the 2020 BTAC, it ranks fifth, but I would choose this whiskey over the other Eagle Rare bourbons.
This rare bourbon ages in oak barrels for nearly two decades and is only available in small quantities once a year, every fall. Sip this polish, well-age whiskey to appreciate why patience is such a virtue.
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