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George T. Stagg bourbon is approximately 15 years old, and is bottled uncut and unfiltered. It is one of the five whiskeys from the Sazarac Antique Collection, which are released once each year in the fall.
Nose: Exquisite, and flawless. Strong rich wood tones emphasizing maple and also harmonizing discreet rye spices. There is some alcohol noticeable in the nose, which I personally like.
Palate: Neat, there are thick chewy wood flavours which taste a little bound up compared to the Stagg 2010 release. The maply wood flavours are intense, and the rye spices remain strong. A little water brings this out very nicely, and I find the addition of water to be much more important for the 2011 release Stagg than for the 2010 release expression. These "bound up" palate flavours seem to me to be of the sort that often open up and blossom extremely nicely after the bottle is open a period of weeks to months. I have not yet had the opportunity to observe that for this release, however. As always, George T. Stagg manifests a veritable cornucopia of flavours, and does so with great intensity.
Finish: the usual long intense Stagg flavours remain for a very long and flavourful finish, as in previous releases. Delicious. As with the palate, I like the finish better after there has been a little water added.
Balance: Another delicious George T. Stagg, maybe not quite equal to the 2010 release, but very highly desirable, and beyond the pale of the experience of most whiskies. With water added, the balance is once again excellent. I am very enthusiastically looking forward to how this whiskey ages in the open bottle.