This week, we're heading back over the pond to Kentucky. First seen in 1975, Eagle Rare was originally a 101-proof 10 year old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey by Seagram buy has since been acquired by the Sazerack Company.
The 17 year old bourbon is rare and precious. Most bourbon matures much faster than this, due to the climate in Kentucky, so age alone attracts a fairly stiff premium. It's probably reaching its peak at 17 and for sheer smoothness has few equals.
Produced in small quantities, there is inevitably a variation from batch to batch but the overall standard is exceptionally high and lovers of great, full-flavoured boubon looking for well balanced maturity are unlikely to fell disappointed.
Colour: Depp, rich, copper gold.
Nose: Honey, caramel and marzipan.
Taste: Lots of weight and body; sweetness then orange and vanilla fudge.
Finish: Extended finish, surprisingly drying to the end.