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  • The Stagg Hub: Everything You Need to Know About All the Stagg Junior Batches and George T. Stagg Releases in One Convenient Location

    Sweet Staggy Stagg! Stagg Distillery," which is sometimes shortened to "Geo Stagg" in print. Stagg in liquid form! Stagg Junior The ever-bold Stagg Junior, now just simply 'Stagg', is the uncut, unfiltered Kentucky straight Stagg.

  • Stagg Junior Batch 13 Review - A Long Term Perspective from a Self-Proclaimed Stagg Man

    Batch 13 comes right on the heels of what was widely received as one of the best Stagg batches, with Stagg bottling. What a tough act to follow. Proof: 128.4° Age: NAS (~8-12 years) Further identification: Batch 13 was the Winter 2019 release of Stagg It's classic Stagg Junior at its core, but rather unbalanced, perhaps reminiscent of some of the earliest This has to be the weakest performance of any Stagg Jr batch I've tried thus far.

  • Stagg Jr Batches 12 Through 18 Ranked - Head to Head Bourbon Reviews with a George T. Stagg Bonus

    This article has been expanded upon with the introduction of "The Stagg Hub" which covers every batch of Stagg Jr and the George T. Stagg bottlings that I've had the chance to try. Head over to that write up if you're looking for the latest and greatest on all things Stagg. Recently I was able to blind taste batch 12-18 of Stagg Jr and 2020 George T Stagg all at once (they

  • Stagg Jr Batch 23A Bourbon Review

    The first batch of Stagg Jr from 2023 comes bearing the new naming convention that started last year. If we hadn't gotten this new nomenclature, this would be the 22nd release of Stagg Jr, which you can in Massachusetts... or at least at none of my regular haunts, because I incessantly ask around for Stagg Alrighty then, now that the historical accounting is done - shall we dive in and see if this Stagg is Stagg this year - this is likely the next best thing you actually have the chance to see.

  • Stagg Jr Batch 23B Bourbon Review

    I'm always excited to explore a new Stagg Jr batch. Stagg, this serves as the more accessible opportunity to drink 'straight from the barrels'. If you're still looking for clarity on what all this means, take a gander at the Stagg Jr batch table Vague nuttiness and less-than-desirable spices unfortunately tamp down the usual deliciousness of Stagg this middle-of-the-road score, I'll still be looking forward to the next one, because I'm a sucker for Stagg

  • Stagg Jr Batch 22A Bourbon Review

    It's time for another Stagg (Jr) batch! Palate: From my first sip I find classic Stagg notes: cherry hots, cinnamon and rich oak. This is probably the first Stagg batch that I would really call "crushable".

  • Stagg (Jr?) Batch 18 Bourbon Review

    I've always been a big Stagg Jr fan (yes I'll probably still call it this for a few more batches at least Stagg also does well.

  • Stagg Jr Batch 14 Bourbon Review

    I have to thank @egilbert09 for this pour as he graciously gifted me the rest of his bottle! I didn't have one open right now, but have been yearning for the day of getting back to this one (I have previously drank through one already). I am currently struggling to enjoy my way through a Batch 13. I have future intentions of lining up Batch 12-15, or maybe even 16 now, in a blind head to head to find my true favorite. I love seeing that everyone has a preference on these and there is no clear winner across the board. I know many people have been digging the sweeter strawberry cereal flavors off Batch 15, but 14 has always been solid for me. Company on Label: Buffalo Trace Whiskey Type: Bourbon Mash Bill Percentages: Buffalo Trace Mash Bill #1 (Low Rye < 10%) Proof: 130.2° Age: NAS (~8 years) Further identification: Batch 14 (Summer 2020) Nose: Sweet, syrupy vanilla can be smelled from quite a large distance from the glass. Some immediate newspaper heat and pepper spice punch the nostrils on first approach. Cinnamon candy smells lovely and tingles the lungs. Caramel and cherry mingle well as the underside of the punchier flavors. Allspice, leather and a slight anise give this great depth. It's punchy and powerful on the nose - exactly what I want out of a barrel proof offering. Sweet campfire ash is fairly strong now, followed by a thinner molasses drizzle. Some lemon zest rolls over that and evolves into a lemon meringue pie that is mostly comprised of flaky crust. Finally things are returning to the sweeter cherry profile that tells me this glass is ready for a sip. Much more of the leather is present now after a sip; a rich undertone that gives this pour some serious class. I can smell that syrupy consistency; it's like a tea loaded down with a bunch of honey. Just gets better and better with time in the glass. A slight grassy earth note is present late in the glass, but fleeting as it returns to its base oak aroma. Vanilla & molasses return at the last sip and are a sweet farewell that actually brings a bit of a smile to my face. Palate: As a first sip of the day, this is unbelievably approachable. It's not until several seconds after a sip that the wave of cinnamon hots gives the chest a little hug. The cherry flavor is perfectly laced with a touch of anise and the rich, old oak that got this bourbon to where it is. A thorough chew results in explosions of maple syrup, black pepper, allspice, leather, and a hint of dried tobacco leaf. Crazy layers to this now and the anise is coming on stronger than ever, but still subtle. Reminds me a bit of a particular Sazerac cocktail I had last night which is still fresh on my mind; this is definitely less anise than that Absinthe explosion. Explosive in so many ways, but shifting, changing and evolving with every sip. This is a pour that you could easily do with a rich food pairing and the flavors would continue to hold up. The mouth coating is intensely rich and almost slightly numbing. Try having a bite of something bland after this and you're going to have a tough time finding anything with this much flavor. Last sip highlights the syrupy cherry and cinnamon hots that I'd say are definitely the overarching experience of this pour. The last linger is long with a highlight reel of the rest of the glass. Rating: 5/5 (Just wow. One of my favorites.) This batch is a clear step up from (currently un-reviewed, sorry) Batch 13 for me. It maintains high intensity and complexity without being overly punishing. Solid pour - grab it if you still can!

  • Stagg Jr Batch 16 Bourbon Review

    Now, let's see how this Stagg Jr is tasting this evening! back to a dry vanilla that serves as a wonderful base for one of the softest & approachable batches of Stagg These nuances are all very low in intensity which is a surprise for me from Stagg Jr.

  • Stagg Jr Batch 19 "22B" Bourbon Review

    I would never use Junior here in a derogatory manner; I love these Stagg Jr batches. anywhere on the bottle, nor are they endorsed by Buffalo Trace, I've got a handy list of all the existing Stagg It's definitely still a Stagg profile, but not a shining example of it.

  • 2022 George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon Review

    Stagg is a brand that harkens back to a dominant distillery of the 19th century. Stagg, feel free to read more about it on the Whiskey University website. Stagg was not included in the BTAC lineup, this year featured undoubtedly extra demand. Stagg comes after a year hiatus; the nitty gritty detail is all laid out in the Buffalo Trace Antique

  • Stagg Jr Batch 5 Bourbon Flash Review - A Rare Sampling

    An oldie Stagg Jr batch? I managed to save half of the sample from the holidays to broaden my Stagg Jr review repertoire for you Many who know me know I'm a big Stagg fan in general. butterscotch surprise on the nose and the fluffy, viscous mouthfeel - classier than a lot of the spicier Stagg

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