Stagg Jr Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
$50 to $55
What the Distillery Says:
George T. Stagg built the most dominant American distillery of the 19th century, during a time known as the Gilded Age of Bourbon. Uncut and unfiltered, this robust bourbon whiskey ages for nearly a decade and boasts the bold character that is reminiscent of the man himself.
Rich, sweet, chocolate and brown sugar flavors mingle in perfect balance with the bold rye spiciness. The boundless finish lingers with hints of cherries, cloves and smokiness.
What Richard Says:
Nose: A bit hot on the nose. Give the alcohol time to settle and it comes through with mint, clove, and a little cinnamon.
Palate: Nice viscous mouthfeel. Vanilla, mint, brown sugar cookies, leathery, with a back dose of pepper.
Finish: Oak, mint, and leather in equal measure.
Comments: Not bad at all. However, this isn’t George T Stagg. Given that the 2013 Stagg Sr. release has a nearly identical proof I can say this one drinks hotter and younger by a good measure. Still, it stands up well on its own. I’ve had a few of these and the batches (distinguishable only by the proof) don’t vary much. It’s made in batches on purpose to give a consistent profile, not unlike Stagg Sr. It’s worth grabbing if you come across one.
Rating: Must Try