George T Stagg Bot. 2011
Staggeringly Good Bourbon
8th Aug 2012
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Tasting Notes by numen
Terrible puns aside, this is stellar stuff.
nose: caramel with light pepper, a more toffee like quality than the honeyed W.L.Weller. Buttered molasses mixed with bitter burnt sugar from a spicy creme brulee
palate: medium body, surprisingly dry, a little spicy, and loads of sandalwood sawdust.
finish: a little spicy, pepper, vietnamese cinnamon infused tar molasses
with water- nose: spiced fruit cake, with subdued fruit and more cinnamon, and minty eucalyptus
palate: spicier than it was neat, with more stewed fruit (apples and pears), and some wood, but not as much as neat.
finish: more or less the same, but more fruit and dessert-like (along the lines of a slightly stale, once moist mince meat pie) overall - this is a tale of two drinks. neat, the nose was fairly suppressed and muted, and the palate was shockingly dry. with water, it because expressive and more complex, and very enjoyable.
It's a tale of two bourbons, in many ways. Neat, it's closed, sour, and dry. Good, but with flaws. With water, it opens up incredibly, and brings some fruit to the show.
George T Stagg