The fall 2011 incarnation of Eagle Rare 17 year old was distilled in the spring of 1993. The Eagle Rare 2011 was bottled from a selection of 24 barrels which during their maturation had lost almost 53% of the original spirit to evaporation.
The Eagle Rare 17 year old is considered by some as the poorer cousin of the Antiques collection. Yet the 2011 bottling has caught many critics off guard with this fantastically complex, smooth and elegant whiskey. Indeed, this whiskey won a swathe of medals at the World whiskey Awards including World’s best American Whiskey and Best American Bourbon (8 years or older).
The fall 2011 bottling offers a deft balance of oak that is typical of this bourbon while delivering bolder floral rye notes and corn sweetness. A nuanced spirit, this bourbon is not the extreme tasting experience that the other antique collection bottlings offer but rather a subtle, sophisticated and almost aristocratic whiskey. A refined bourbon with outstanding finesse that should have a place on every bourbon drinker’s shelf.
"This deep, burnished-gold whiskey has a somewhat fragrant nose and the aromas develop an almost wine-like character, with a hint of almonds lurking in the backdrop. The body is big and silky and the palate is far spicier than the nose leads you to believe, but there are also violet notes here, along with a touch of caramel and a hint of old leather. The finish is very leathery and very long."
-Wine Enthusiast Magazine 96 pts