Rare Hare 1953 Anniversary Edition - Review



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Rare Hare 1953 Anniversary Edition

Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Finished in XXO Cognac Casks

Playboy Spirits

Distilled by: Undisclosed

Aged 17 Years

111 Proof

Mash Bill: Undisclosed

Retail Price: ~$570

Limited to 1953 Bottles


Poured Neat in a Glencairn


Color: Amber


Nose: Caramel, Nutmeg, Dried Figs and Apricots


Palate: Spiced Fruit Forward, Slight Oak, Toasted Caramel and Cream


Finish: Medium to Long Linger. Viscous coating with hints of Baking Spices throughout


Overall: "Our tribute to the year Playboy was founded, '1953' is Rare Hare's inaugural product release. Bottled at 111 Proof in a luxury package, this 17-Year Aged Straight Bourbon whiskey was finished in XXO Cognac casks from the Champagne region of France. Because of the whiskey's rarity, only 1953 bottles were produced for the US market. Rare Hare's '1953' release embodies craftsmanship, sophistication and a passion of Playboy Spirits"


The XXO Cognac casks play a huge part in the flavor of this from start to finish. As much as I tried to pinpoint where I've tried the 17 Year Straight Bourbon, it was a lost cause with the dried/spiced fruits dancing around my palate. By no means am I upset that I couldn't pick out the source...it only sparks more of my curiosity. The drinkability of this pour is outstanding. One of the smoothest (yeah, I used "smooth") 111 proof pours I've ever had. This might be one of those bottles to consider bringing into your bar, or in my case your Library just for the conversation starter. It's not cheap by any means, but you can see the elegance and beauty in the bottle and package design. Give them a look here: https://www.rareharespirits.com/


This was certainly a treat. I appreciate the gesture from Playboy Spirits to have the opportunity to give this an honest review.


Library Rating: 8.3 / 10

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