Review #958 – Buffalo Trace Antique Collection: George T. Stagg 2017

Review #958 | Bourbon Review #500 – Buffalo Trace Antique Collection: George T. Stagg 2017

The Schtick: This is a well aged, cask strength bourbon that exists as part of the exclusive set of Antique Collection releases that drop from Buffalo Trace every fall. This is a 15 year old bourbon, released as a marriage of 309 barrels that were hand picked by Buffalo Trace staff. As we draw upon the fall hunt season, I found myself finishing this bottle from last year’s release and figured that Bourbon review #500 made for a good case to finish off the bottle, and my note taking.


Distiller: Buffalo Trace

Bottler: Buffalo Trace

ABV: 64.6% ABV

Distilled: Spring 2002

Age: 15 Years

Warehouse: Blend of barrels from C,K,M & Q

Floors: 1, 2, 3, 6

Bottle: One of 37,998


Nose: Rich oak, cherry, prune and plumb. Pepper, tobacco, super rich musty sweetness. Vanilla, toffee, thick, rich cocoa. I’m really surprised by how deep, fruity and rich the nose is.

Taste: Thick mouth feel. Mild heat. Lots of cocoa, pipe tobacco and clove. Good oaky body, nice structure without being too dry. Lots of cherry, toffee, some passion fruit. Almost like a cherry cordial.

Finish: Long, rich and oaky. Not too much oak here, but just enough to give it a good deal of complexity. Cherry, vanilla and cocoa are also present, with a long tobacco note to close out the dram.

Overall: This vintage of George T Stagg wasn’t heralded as one of the greats, but I found that I really loved it all the same. The massive fruity body with a compelling oak presence combined with decadent cocoa and pipe tobacco made this a winner for me, and a bottle I enjoyed from first to last.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 8


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