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George T Stagg bottled 2018

The Pinnacle of Bourbon

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@casualtortureReview by @casualtorture

12th Dec 2018

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This was definitely the highlight of my day Sunday. Thanks to @thewalkingdad for bringing over his bottle of GTS that he scored (and waited in line several hours for).

Fall 2018 release of George T Stagg Sample: Neat in Glencairn Bottle: Opened less than a month, 95% full.

Nose: Rich and deep. Chocolate cake, brown sugar, nutmeg, vanilla and oak. The strength of flavour is mind-blowing, yet it doesn't light your nose hair on fire.

Palate: A burst of dark cherry and vanilla! Check that, explosion of cherry and vanilla! Followed by almond butter, sweet cornbread, and deep, dark caramel and oak. That's all I know to say is that this is a "deep" whiskey. I also used this to describe Jack Daniels barrel Proof. Dark, rich and deep.

Finish: Oak, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and fresh baked wheat bread.

Overall: This is the pinnacle of bourbon.

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13 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

I've had some of this 2018 George T. Stagg. This 2018 release is easy drinkin' Stagg!...which almost seems like a contradiction in terms. I felt like I could have downed 50 ml of this stuff pretty easily and quickly. Don't know whether I'll be able to come up with a bottle of this this year, but I sure would like to!

Thanks for your review, @casualtorture!

7 months ago 2Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Victor If I get an "extra" one in the LCBO lottery.....

7 months ago 3Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

I expect it in early 2019 as in recent years, but who knows? with the tariffs in place...

7 months ago 0

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

@Victor i did notice this year's was down in proof a little as well. not that 62% is anything to scoff at in the least.

7 months ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@casualtorture, yes, 62% ABV is indeed on the low side for a release of George T. Stagg. But 62% will do.

Stagg is all about the barrels which can thrive through 15 years worth of new charred oak maturation.

7 months ago 1Who liked this?

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

"The strength of flavour is mind-blowing"

Nice. I see so many reviews that minimize everyday whisky by calling it "not mind-blowing or anything," that it's great to see someone with the cahones to call out the great whiskies that are.

7 months ago 2Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@MadSingleMalt I've called Auchentoshan American Oak and McClelland's Highland (aka young Glen Garioch) mind-blowingly bad. Does that count?

7 months ago 1Who liked this?

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

Judges?

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Count it!

7 months ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@Nozinan I’ve yet to have the (dis)pleasure....unless that’s one of the mystery samples you so graciously provided...

7 months ago 0

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