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Buffalo Trace Antique Collection: Eagle Rare 17yr 2020

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  • Distiller:

    Buffalo Trace

  • Bottler:

    Buffalo Trace

  • ABV:

    50.5%

  • Age:

    17 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The finish comes on stronger, with a lingering rich sweetness of dark chocolate alongside black pepper.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: It does stand alone, but it's too mellow. I enjoy the nutty undertones, and the nose is delightful. At 101 proof, it doesn't drink hot and allows you to discern the flavors.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: The nose brings forth a complexity that reveals its layered nuances as you spend more time with it, while the palate delivers a great mix of dark fruits and sweet baking flavors that intertwine nicely together. All of this taken together delivers a well rounded sip on par with Eagle Rare 17 Year pours in recent memory.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: A layer of raisins, cola, and some sweet tea give the whiskey an agreeable sweetness, though complexity has never been Eagle Rare’s strong suit.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Whew - this is wild, and so very different from previous year's gentle fruit bombs.
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  • Intro:

    A bird of a different feather compared to previous releases, 2020's Eagle Rare 17yr sports an extra year of aging and a bit of a proof bump (first seen in 2019) when we inspect the fact

  • Nose:

    Oh boy, this is going to be an oaky one. Honey, brown sugar, vanilla bean, a hint of pepper. Sweet mostly, sweet and oaky. Faint bitterness on the nose, but nothing too off putting, if at all.

  • Taste:

    Rich on the palate, quite a bit of oak, toffee, some pepper and a bit of fruit. Surprisingly, I historically find Eagle Rare 17yr to be mega fruity, but this one leans a bit more into dessert and oak.

  • Finish:

    Long finish, growing a hair dry and bitter. Oaky tobacco, pound cake, some cake batter, pepper, clove and a hint of berry.

  • Overall:

    Whew - this is wild, and so very different from previous year's gentle fruit bombs. I like this, and it's really fascinating to see how different the bump in proof leaves us. I like it, but it's far from the top of 2020's BTAC collection.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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