Buffalo Trace Pushes Out A 20 Year Old Eagle Rare Bourbon - The Whiskey Wash

Buffalo Trace Pushes Out A 20 Year Old Eagle Rare Bourbon

By Nino Marchetti / February 6, 2019

Eagle Rare fans normally know this Buffalo Trace brand for its day to day bourbon and also the higher end release that is part of the annual Antique Collection. Now however they’ve pulled a luxury bottling out of the bourbon hat, debuting a 20 year old Eagle Rare in a custom crystal decanter.

The new Double Eagle Very Rare Bourbon, according to those behind it, is matured twice as long as the standard Eagle Rare 10-year-old bourbon. It is all about the presentation with this one in addition to the age though, with the Double Eagle crystal decanter featuring “two beautifully sculptured crystal glass eagles, one inside the bottle, and one serving as the stopper.

Double Eagle Very Rare

Double Eagle Very Rare (image via Buffalo Trace)

“The presentation box consists of two sliding doors, imprinted with a design reminiscent of eagle feathers. Sliding open the doors triggers spotlights above and below the bottle, to reveal the beautiful hand blown crystal decanter.”

“We’ve been waiting for this whiskey to mature for years,” said Kris Comstock, senior marketing director for Eagle Rare, in a prepared statement. “We worked on the packaging for more than two years, and finally settled on what we think is a beautiful decanter inside an eye catching, yet tastefully decorated box.  Something that anyone would be proud to display on their bar. And it tastes even better than it looks.”

The video below from Buffalo Trace highlights more on this bourbon, including how the bottle was made. Note in particular the insertion of the eagle into the inside of the decanter. That’s pretty wicked, if you ask me!

Only 299 of these special bottles were produced for this release. An individually numbered letter of authenticity is included with each. As for the price, it is set at around $2,000. The next release of this 90 proof whiskey will be spring 2020, and as for official tasting notes, they suggest that “even after two decades of aging in an oak barrel, this bourbon whiskey is surprisingly balanced. Hints of vanilla, toasted oak and caramel lead to a gracefully-aged oaky flavor.”