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