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Stagg Jr. Bourbon

Who’s Your Daddy?

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@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

22nd May 2018

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  • Nose
    22
  • Taste
    23
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    22
  • Overall
    90

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Stagg Jr is, according to the interweb machine, made from the Buffalo Trace Mashbill #1 (less than 10% rye) and is reportedly between 7-9 years old whereas George T Stagg is reportedly over 15 Years Old.

The sample was graciously provided by @Nozinan

Batch 8, 64.75% ABV, opened Oct 17/2017, gassed after each use, 4/5 full when sample poured on Nov 8, 2017.

Tasting Notes

  • Nose (undiluted): lots of brown sugar, sour cherries, oak, vanilla, dark toffee, classic bourbon on steroids
  • Palate (undiluted): rich arrival, waxy feel, more cherries, deep barrel char, rye, cloves, a bit of caramel corn
  • Finish: long, oaky, and warming, with some tannins making an appearance near the end, like over-steeped black tea, ending on cacao beans and more dark cherries.

With water, the fruitiness is pushed back. Caramel pops out of the glass on the nose alongside a freshly-shucked corn note. With a bit of time, the nose becomes much oakier and an aroma of fresh pipe tobacco emerges. On the palate and finish, there is far less fruitiness with water added. It’s replaced by rich, sticky toffee and floral vanilla, while the chocolate on the finish becomes more like milk chocolate.This is terrific both ways. I like it so much that I asked my local KGBO to bring one in for me. I’d love to meet its daddy.

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2 comments

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

You've inspired me to revisit my bottle. Definitely good stuff. I have the 131.9 proof (last fall's release). I get a bunch of red apple skins, vanilla and cinnamon. So, baked red apple pie. I would enjoy comparing some of the earlier releases. I'm having this back to back with Jack Daniels SB BP. Very different profiles! I like the JD slightly better, which is surprising to me because I've never been a JD fan. Not that this isn't a great whiskey, but that JD barrel proof is something else!

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@RianC
RianC commented

Would love to try this! thanks for the great review relaxed

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