Review #630. Stagg Jr. Batch 9

Review #630 | /r/Bourbon Review #366 – Stagg Jr. Batch 9

The Schtick: This release of Stagg Jr is bottled at 65.95% ABV. Stagg Junior is a Buffalo Trace product that is aged “around 10 years” and bottled at cask strength. It is distilled using the Mashbill 1 recipe. This is the 9th batch they have released.

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Distiller: Buffalo Trace

Bottler: Buffalo Trace

ABV: 65.95% ABV

Age: NAS

Source: Sample

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Nose: Sweet caramel, confectioners sugar, faint oak but not much. Very sweet, very syrupy sugary sweet nose.

Taste: Thick mouthfeel, some heat, lots of confectioners sugar. Faint cherry character – lots of other fruitiness also, namely the passion fruit I generally get in Mashbill 1 products. Heat grows with time as some faintly oaky and peppery notes rise

Finish: Medium, growing slightly bitter. Some astringency. Delightful fruitiness with lots of toffee and caramel.

Overall: This is a good bottling but the fire and rage of Stagg Jr is still real. It’s hot but complex and thankfully the heat fades with airtime. Very nice and it delivers a great profile for a generally available, generally affordable barrel proofer from the Buffalo.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

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Decoded:

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

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