Review #71. Stagg Jr Batch 5

Review #71 | /r/Bourbon Review #71 – Stagg Jr. Batch 5

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: 64.85% ABV

Age: NAS

Source: Bottle, Purchased


Nose: This nose is a chocolate overload. It’s delicious. Cherry, cinnamon, vanilla and some spice. Ethanol is here, but it minds its place.

Taste: Much less hot than the other batches, save for 4. Molasses and cherry all over the place. It’s delicious, but a little different flavor profile than 4. More sweet maple and fruity rather than savory clove and pepper.

Finish: It’s long. It’s complex and it feels a lot like eating cake. It’s sweet and well blended.

Overall: This and Batch 4 tie in my mind. They’re both different but embody a lot of the same things I expect from a good barrel proofer. I think it’s safe to say that there was significant improvement from Batches 1 all the way up to 5. This is good to see.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


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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