Proof: 131.9 / ABV: 65.95%
Age: Non-Age Stated, varies in age, rumored at 7-9 years
Distillery: Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, Kentucky, USA
Mashbill: BT Mash Bill #1 (low-rye)
Retail Pricing: $59-70
Availability: Uncommon, released twice a year but can generally be found at higher quality and chain stores. Beware of the store that tries to fool people into paying $199 for this (I’ve seen it).
“George T. Stagg built the most dominant American distillery of the 19th century, during a time known as the Gilded Age of Bourbon. Uncut and unfiltered, this robust bourbon whiskey ages for nearly a decade and boasts the bold character that is reminiscent of the man himself.” — Buffalo Trace
This is a non-chill filtered, small batch, barrel strength Kentucky straight bourbon in a simple, stately bottle meant to look slightly like its older brother, the rare George T. Stagg.
Sensibles: Lot’s of heat on the nose but letting it air out for ten minutes results in smells of baked bread, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and a slight herbal note. The taste is rich and full and not too hot but also not very interesting. Dried cherries, caramel chews, and a bit of oak astringency that finishes medium-length and hot. I’d imagine this stands up well to a bit of water to cool things off but I’m not super intrigued to find out.
Value: A 7 to 9 year old barrel proofer for $59 suggested retail is not too bad although I’ve read mixed reviews about batch to batch quality which makes me skeptical of dropping the money again. Batch 9 was hailed as one of the better releases but I’m not too certain this is the bottle I would put my money on. I think there are thirteen releases or so now? Surely, there’s a more flavorful batch among them…
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