Thursday, November 09, 2023


The Buffalo Trace Distillery, has announced the launch of the oldest expression to date from its Eagle Rare bourbon brand.

Eagle Rare 25 Year Old (50.5% ABV) is a Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, which is said to exemplify the distillery’s relentless commitment to innovation and honouring tradition but embracing change.

Eagle Rare 25 Year Old

Driven by a belief that the world’s best whiskey has yet to be created and the idea that the category is bound only by the ideas that have yet to be considered, Buffalo Trace Distillery has conducted thousands of experiments over the years to test a variety of factors impacting the aging and maturation of whiskey, including barrel char levels, temperature, airflow, light, barrel placement, and more.

Eagle Rare 25 Year Old, is the first release from Warehouse P, one of Buffalo Trace Distillery’s two experimental warehouses. A purpose-built, state-of-the-art warehouse, Warehouse P was constructed to test if it was possible to extend favourably both the aging and maturation processes typical for American whiskey and bourbon. 

Eagle Rare 25 Year Old, is said to deliver notes of intense cherry, oak, dark chocolate and an icing drizzle on the nose. Followed by notes of vanilla, dark fruit, butterscotch, rickhouse floor, baking spice and black pepper on the palate.

Commenting on the launch, Harlen Wheatley, Master Distiller at Buffalo Trace, said: “Eagle Rare 25 defies the conventional limits of typical bourbon aging. When crafting whiskey in conditions like those we experience in Kentucky, two reactions happen over time: more liquid is lost due to evaporation – also known as angel’s share - and extraction of flavours from the barrel becomes more intense, often leading older whiskeys to taste over-oaked, astringent, and dry. The unique set of aging conditions in Warehouse P has allowed us to create a 25-year-old bourbon that smooths out the extractions and highlights the desirable flavours found in ultra-aged American whiskey products.”

Limited to around 200 bottles, Eagle Rare 25 Year Old, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £8,200.

Posted by Steve Rush