Review #100 | /r/Bourbon Review #57 – George T. Stagg (2015)
The Schtick: This is one of the bottles in each years lauded Buffalo Trace Antique Collection releases. It’s barrel proof, well aged at ~15 years, mashbill 1 BT distillate.
Distiller: Buffalo Trace
Bottler: Buffalo Trace
ABV: 69.1% ABV
Age: ~15 years
Nose: Massive molasses. Cinnamon. Vanilla. Oak. It’s like Booker’s turned up to 13 in that the molasses is the first note out of the bottle. There’s a surprising lack ethanol here, despite the mammoth proof.
Taste: Intensely sweet in a good way. Vanilla and cream, molasses and brown sugar that gives way to deep wood and oak notes. There’s some subtle dark chocolate. It’s hot on the tongue, not as much as I expected but it’s still a hot dram. Not surprising.
Finish: Long, and hot but filled with oaky vanilla and that cream note is back. This disappears to oak and chocolate, spice and leather.
Overall: Impressively complex and rich. Unfortunately difficult to get. Very enjoyable.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Perfect | Perfect
—-*83.65** | This Review: +10.61