This is one of the five expressions that comprise the limited annual release of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (BTAC). This is a 17 year Eagle Rare bottled at 45% ABV.
Nose: Complex profile of cinnamon, leather, thick vanilla, brown sugar, topped with some floral notes toward the end.
Palate: Brown sugar and cloves chased by heavy oak. Consistently herbal throughout.
Finish: Long with lavendar, brown sugar, and medium oak lingering.
Rating: 88/100 – I enjoy this one quite a bit, but typically it’s seen as the least popular of the BTAC releases. A solid, no-frills bourbon.
Value for the money: At retail of $99 (if you can find one), it’s a great bargain. As with the rest of the BTAC lineup, the secondary prices are pretty insane and these usually push $400+ which is an easy pass.