Review #67 | /r/Bourbon Review #37 – Stagg Jr. Batch 1
The Schtick: Stagg Jr is made from the same mashbill as the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection’s George T. Stagg product. This is aged “almost ten years” per the label and is bottled at cask strength.
Distiller: Buffalo Trace
Bottler: Buffalo Trace
ABV: 67.2% ABV
Source: Bottle, Purchased
Nose: Cloves, cinnamon, molasses and chocolate. Some vanilla in there too. Surprising lack of alcohol given the proof.
Taste: The palate is quite hot. There’s vanilla, cinnamon and a little chocolate but it’s well hidden under the heat. A splash of water reigns this in a bit. It improves a ton. Alone though, it’s punishing.
Finish: Long, but hot. Honestly, what flavor I might have extracted is pretty well buried. Once again, a splash of water reveals a thick exit with cream and vanilla and molasses. Much better.
Overall: This is undoubtedly the first attempt from BT on this release. It’s painfully clear (pun intended). With water, this bottle really, really shines and is delicious. Don’t let the lack of a nose fool you there, that 134.4 proof is right there ready to beat you in the face.
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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