Buffalo Trace Antique Collection: Eagle Rare 17yr 2012 Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Buffalo Trace Antique Collection: Eagle Rare 17yr 2012

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  • Distiller:

    Buffalo Trace

  • Bottler:

    Buffalo Trace

  • ABV:

    45%

  • Age:

    17 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: The oak is kept in check for such an age, and all the flavors work well together. Nicely done!
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long and spicy, but smooth with cinnamon and honey notes.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Rather a classic whiskey with just a touch of tawny port character on the finish. Scarily drinkable though less complex than I might like.
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  • Intro:

    This is the Fall 2012 Release of Buffalo Traces coveted Antique Collection member: Eagle Rare 17yr.

  • Nose:

    Fruity sawdust, oaky, cocoa, caramel, rich pepper. Really quite fruity.

  • Taste:

    Medium mouth feel, no heat, cocoa, oaky sawdust, fruity. Its actually super fruity, loaded with raspberry, melon, passion fruit, vanilla and caramel. Its everything I like about an off the shelf Eagle Rare 10yr Pick, but amplified a bit. The oak really helps to balance what could easily be runaway sweetness, as well.

  • Finish:

    Oaky, peppery, nice oak and sawdust notes. It is definitely mash bill 1 but balances really well with the soft oak character.

  • Overall:

    Damn good, if a hair underproofed. If this was cask strength, I bet it would be awesome, but we can all surmise why it is not. That said, it's not over oaked and delivers a floral, fruity, faintly oaky profile with great proficiency and zero bitterness.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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