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Stagg Jr. (Batch 9)

(3.2/5.0) A cash-in on the elder George T. Stagg hype, this is probably best reserved for a bar pour when you need a barrel proofer and the pickings are slim.

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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).

Background:

“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.

Review:

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…

Stagg Jr. (Batch 9)
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