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I have spoken with my local liquor experts and they tell me that 205LR is probably the barrel number.
I am trying to find out what year that represents. It certainly does not mean before 1975 because that is when Eagle Rare was first introduced for sale. I still have more experts to contact.
Often, there are numbers on the bottom of the bottle that tell the year/date the bottle was made. That would give us a clue to age.
Is it possible for you to see those numbers and relay them to me?
It also would be helpful to have the tax number, especially if it is dated.
Other information that would be helpful to know -
What size is the bottle labeled?
Does your bottle label indicate that it is 10 year or 17 year?
This is a lot of information to gather I realize; but, all the info you can give me goes to value you bottle properly.
I thank again for your patience.
I have contacted the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY. This is the primary source for information about Eagle Rare. I need to pin down the year before I can give value.
I have phoned them and only gotten the gift shop to answer. I then emailed them. I probably will not hear back until Monday. Again, I am looking for date. They should be able to give us that.
I just found out that the distillery is closed today for the Easter holidays as it was on Friday.
A representative will call me tomorrow.
We are almost there!
In the meantime, if you see any information on the bottle bottom (do not remove from the sealed crate if the crate is sealed) , please let me know.
The distillery called me back today.
The representative said they were going to need photos.
Any details you can give would help as well.
For example, when and how you acquired the bourbon.
Unfortunately, the seal number 205LR you gave does not help then to identify the date/value.
Please know that I will not forget to check with you with updates as I get them.
This is the way to send photos.
You may need to use the macro function (flower icon) of your camera to get a good clear photo of the marks.
If you cannot get a good photo, then sketch the marks and take a photo of the sketch.
To send photos you may use the "attach file" or "add file" link on your reply page or the "paper clip" found in the toolbar you see on your reply page.
I look forward to your replies.
Let me see if I can get any further information from the distillery consumer department.
You are welcome.
I emailed them your addition information.
This email below is the last communication I just received from the distillery.
I am going to step aside and let you communicate with their representative directly. I feel you will get your correct answer more quickly.
As you can see, the representative is named Alan Tenniswood. His email address is
I believe those numbers on the bottom of the bottle indicate when the bottle design was approved 9-3-81, which makes sense because that is when we changed the size of the bottle from quarts to metric sizes.
Any chance you can send me some photos? That might help me put a date on it."
Consumer Affairs Associate
113 Great Buffalo Trace
Frankfort, KY 40601
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This may be your bottle? The price quoted is $250 but I feel it best that you hear the price directly from the distillery.
I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help or do you have more questions about your item that would help?
Let me know,Kind regards,Doris