A Quick Dram: Eagle Rare 17 year old

I hardly ever get the chance to drink and write about American Whiskey. OK, occasionally I am in Bourbon Bars (I was here with a friend the other day) but I prefer to write my tasting notes when I am alone, so as not to be rude to the person I am with.

Sitting at my desk, I noticed a wee sample of Eagle Rare 17 year old. A perfect opportunity to drink and write about American Whisky! All I have heard about all day is double dip recession this and drop in GDP that. Time for a dram and a moment away from the troubles that are current affairs.

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old
Small Batch Release from Buffalo Trace Distillery
45% Abv
Buy it here for £85.45 with Edinburgh Whisky Blog Discount

Nose: Raisins, limes, milk chocolate. This is sweet, but has depth too. Creamy with hints of vanilla. This is almost like a bourbon combined with a sherried Speyside Scotch. Pastries and cream. The more I smell it, the more cocoa I get.

Palate: Big strong taste of dark chocolate. Slight hints of the raisins and lime, but mostly dark chocolate. I haven’t had such a chocolatey dram since Glenmorangie Signet.

Finish:
Becomes lighter and sweeter. More of the milk chocolate on the finish.

Overall: This is superb. If I could afford to have a whisky in my cabinet particularly for desserts and when I have a hot chocolate, then this would be it. I will definitely think about it.

Chris

Comments

  1. Hi Chris,
    I enjoyed your review of Eagle Rare 17-year old bourbon. I’m more of a Scotch drinker (on the rare occasion when I actually get to drink good Scotch) but having become involved with fund raising via the Eagle Rare Life website, I’ve been trying to learn more. The interesting thing is how completely different people’s descriptions are. Yours was the first in which I read “chocolate!” Makes me want to run out and blow most of my disposable income on a bottle. “Leather” is the one descriptor that has come up the most.

    Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for your review. I feel a little more educated.

    if you are interested in the Eagle Rare Life program/contest (My wife is currently in 5th place), please go here and check it out: http://eaglerarelife.com/content/rachel-reynolds

    Sincerely,
    Roger Reynolds
    Ashland, VA

  2. Thanks for your kind words Roger. It was a superb dram. I’ll check out the eagle rare life website.

    Cheers,

    Chris

  3. Just had a little read. Well done to you, your wife and your family for having such strength in such a difficult situation.

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