Tasting Notes for Stagg Jr. Bourbon Batch 13
Nose: Obviously barrel proof and strong, but not overpowering the other aromas. Big cherry comes through and even some apricot. Brown sugar goodness in here too.
Taste: Intense and packed with flavor. Notes of dark cherry, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, and molasses come in like a freight train. Nicely balanced, yet forceful, with the intense flavours muting some of the proof’s heat. Overall excellent.
Finish: A burst of tasty brown sugar fueled heat. It’s a welcomed heat as it nicely punctuates the flavor journey this bourbon takes you on.
The first thing to note about this bourbon is that the abv is insanely high. You'll definitely need to let this one breath for a while before you drink it to get the most out of it.
Now, with that disclaimer out of the way, this is really an excellent bourbon. Stagg Jr. is the younger brother of George T. Stagg, the ~15-year-old bourbon that is part of the incredibly desirable (re: expensive) and hard to find Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. Even though Stagg Jr. is younger, it has many of the same family characteristics: it’s cask strength and made from mash #1, the low-rye mash also used for other bourbons such as Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare 10. In some ways, you can consider Stagg Jr to be cask strength Buffalo Trace or Eagle Rare. Stagg Jr is made in small batches (but no details are given as to how many barrels go into a batch) and released twice-a-year, with each batch exhibiting its own unique characteristics.
Stagg Jr is intense and angry, yet full of wonderful treasures. If you can handle the alcohol, you’re in for an amazing treat. The key is to let it sit in your mouth for a few seconds and swish it to allow the flavors (and alcohol) to develop and enjoy the multifaceted flavors that pummel your taste buds from every direction. This is not for the faint of heart.
Numerous Awards, here's a sample:
2020 Double Gold Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2019 Gold Medal - New York World Spirits Competition
2019 Gold Medal - Whiskies of the World
2019 Gold Medal - Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
2019 Gold Medal - American Whiskey Masters
2019 Double Gold Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2019 Double Gold Medal - Denver International Spirits Competition
2018 Gold Medal - New York International Spirits Competition
Buffalo Trace is the flagship bourbon from it's namesake distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, which claims to be the oldest continuously operating distillery in the United States. Records indicate that distilling started on the site that is now the Buffalo Trace Distillery in 1775 by Hancock Lee and his brother Willis Lee who died in 1776, with the first distillery being constructed in 1812 by Harrison Blanton.
In 1870 the distillery was purchased by Edmund H. Taylor and given its first name, the Old Fire Copper (O.F.C.) Distillery. Taylor sold the distillery eight years later to George T. Stagg and in 1886, Stagg installed steam heating in the storage warehouses, the first climate controlled warehouse for aging whiskey in the US. Albert B Blanton, who Blanton's whiskey is named after, joined the O.F.C distillery in 1897 as an office boy and would go on to devote more than 55 years to producing, protecting and promoting fine Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, eventually becoming president of the distillery, now called the George T Stagg distillery, in 1921. Under Col. Blanton’s direction, the Distillery survived and even thrived through Prohibition, the Great Depression, a devastating flood and numerous other challenges throughout the early 20th century.
The Distillery went through several changes of ownership and name before finally being bought by the Goldring family who renamed it the Buffalo Trace Distillery after an ancient buffalo crossing on the banks of the Kentucky River in Franklin County, Kentucky in 1992.
Producer Buffalo Trace Distillery Style Kentucky Straight Bourbon Age No Age Statement Volume 75CL ABV 64.2%.