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Stagg Jr. 67.2%
The first batch of Stagg Jr. is here! It may be a younger, more approachable version of the George T. Stagg bourbon, one of Buffalo Trace's most loved (and hardest to get hold of) bourbons, but that doesn't mean that Stagg Jr. is any less fantastic. It's unfiltered and bottled at barrel strength, this one being a sturdy 67.2% abv. As the old expression goes "Like father, like son".
Batch 3 Review
A great value
Rich and heavy, with more front end burn and fewer tannins and bitterness than GTS. Fruit notes are stronger, roasted cherry and raisin. Heresy, but I prefer it over GTS. The extra 7 years and great premium are simply not worth it when this is available.
27th January 2015
This is the best Bourbon apart from GTS Senior, dont care what anybody says.
12th October 2014
The bottle I just got is at 132.1, which is Batch 3. Haven't tried any other Staggs, but I have tried Evan Williams Single Barrel and it reminds me of that but with A LOT more alcohol burn, which I enjoy. I let it sit for 15 minutes and the nose opened up quite a bit. All the wonderful aromas you would expect are there. Tasted neat, it is a shocker! Flavors compete with alcohol and for me the flavors win but the alcohol burns enough that I had to concede to adding water. With water, the nose opens up to sweet and lighter spicy notes, and the flavors are much more distinguishable with cherries and vanillas and toffee and all the great flavors you would expect. Seems less "deep" in flavor compared to Evan Williams SB but it is such a unique experience it makes up for it.
3rd October 2014
I don't know if any of the people reviewing here have actually tasted George T Stagg, but I have to say that this is pretty close. It's younger, but with some time in the glass, the deep wood and sugar notes are all there. In my mind this is a cult whiskey for serious connoisseurs. It's not to be taken lightly, and with the 60%+ ABV you have to know what you're doing because it will knock you on your ass if you're not careful. You can barely find this in the states, so it's rare! Beyond that though, its a great dram to have with an ice cube, splash of water and a coke or diet coke on the side.