This Year’s Double Eagle Very Rare to be Highest Proof Yet

Double Eagle Very Rare. Photo Courtesy Buffalo Trace.

Two years ago, Buffalo Trace damn near broke the internet with news of their Double Eagle Very Rare, a new Eagle Rare expression aged twenty full years, double their 10-Year standard shelf bottle and a full three years longer than the already impossible to find Eagle Rare 17 from the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection.

This year, they’re blowing the minds of bourbon lovers again with an 11 point raise in proof – moving from the 90 proof it originally shared with Eagle Rare 10 Year to an all-new 101 proof it will now share with Eagle Rare 17 Year. It will maintain the 20 year age statement, resting two decades on the lowest floors of Buffalo Traces warehouses.

Tasting notes from the distillery “include a nose of dark cherries and creamy caramel, on the palate, dark chocolate, smoked oak and dates, followed by a long, complex finish of cinnamon, anise and oak.”

Almost as impressive as the bourbon itself are the crystal decanter and silver display case in which it arrives. “The presentation box consists of two sliding doors, imprinted with a design similar to eagle feathers,” reads a press release from Buffalo Trace. “The sliding doors open to a spotlight of the stunning, hand-blown crystal decanter, which features two sculptured crystal glass eagles, one inside of the bottle and one serving as the stopper. Only 199 of these bottles were produced and each bottle includes an individually numbered letter of authenticity noting it is from this specific collection.”

These 199 bottles of Double Eagle Very Rare will be available beginning this month for a suggested retail price of around $2000.

Caroline Paulus
Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.