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BlockBar to auction oldest Eagle Rare

Eagle Rare 25 – 2023 Release is the first launch from Buffalo Trace’s experimental Warehouse P, with the first numbered bottle to be sold on NFT marketplace BlockBar.

Eagle Rare 25
The auction ends on 28 June

The 25-year-old expression was released at the end of 2023, with only 200 bottles available at an RRP of US$10,000.

BlockBar was allocated one bottle, numbered ‘one’, which will now be auctioned with a starting price of US$10,000. At the time of publishing, bids had reached US$28,000.

Included in the lot is a trip for the winner and one guest to visit Buffalo Trace’s distillery in Kentucky, with a private tour of both the distillery and Warehouse P, a VIP tasting, and an overnight stay at Stagg Lodge, with dinner prepared by the distillery’s private chef.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Buffalo Trace with a genuinely groundbreaking bottling,” said Jamie Ritchie, chief operating officer at BlockBar.

“Eagle Rare 25 – 2023 Release is a testament to the pioneering and innovative approach of the Buffalo Trace team. To create an American whiskey of this depth and complexity, that has been aged for over a quarter of a century, is an exceptional achievement and makes these bottles both rare and sought-after.

“We are delighted to be able to share bottle number one of just 200 with our growing community, who have already shown their enthusiasm for library releases direct from the Buffalo Trace distillery.

“We are grateful to our partners at Sazerac for their ongoing commitment to producing outstanding world-class whiskeys and sharing them with our collectors.”

To commemorate reaching its silver anniversary of 25 years, the bottle features a hand-hammered sterling silver wing encasing a hand-blown crystal decanter.

“Eagle Rare 25 defies the conventional limits of typical bourbon ageing,” explained Buffalo Trace master distiller Harlen Wheatley. “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 ageing 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.”

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