A week ago we found ourselves again, sitting on a bar stool at the Last Hurrah when we realized that we had always just gone there for their single malt list and never their bourbon. We asked Frank if he had any good bourbons and he laughed at us. He then came back with a dram in hand and said, “you want good bourbon, here is good bourbon.”
Without knowing what it was I took a sip and had to automatically sit back and enjoy. I let my boyfriend take a small sip before I took the glass away from him. I didn’t know what it was but I knew whatever it was, was smooth and delicious. This bourbon turned out to be Eagle Rare 17 year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Eagle Rare 17 year is aged in oak barrels and is released once a year in small batches. It is a brand by the Buffalo Trace Distillery who also happens to produce my current favorite bourbon Blanton’s Single Barrel (http://wp.me/p3Zt2k-Y).
This 17 year bourbon is one of five, Buffalo Trace bourbons listed in their award winning antique collection. Others in that collection include, George t. Stagg, Sazerac Rye 18 year, William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac. Unfortunately I have not tried any others in the collection and therefore can’t compare them to those, but I can truly say that I did enjoy this bourbon. It was a delicious and a unique tasting experience.
Nose: oak and fruit
Palate: leather, oak and subtle hints of vanilla
Finish: smooth and delicate
If you are looking to acquire a bottle it goes for about $70. I would recommend trying this bourbon and I would certainly consider adding to my collection. Not only that, but now I have a list of four other bourbons to try and will later see how they stack up to this Eagle Rare 17.
If you’ve had this bourbon before I’d love to hear your take on this 17 year-old and how it stack up to the other four.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.