Wednesday, February 3, 2016

George T. Stagg Jr. Bourbon

by Jim Lannen

George T. Stagg bourbon from the famous Buffalo Trace distillery was first introduced back in 2002 and has earned the reputation of being a very complex, yet balanced bourbon. It has often ranked in the Top 5 among bourbon connoisseurs since then.

Fast forward to 2013, and Buffalo Trace introduced George's younger version: Jr. Ever since, the distillery releases two batches of this George T. Stagg Jr. per year. Each batch is a blend from bourbons that are 8+ years old and distilled to a unique proof. This week, we get our bottle of this allocated bourbon whiskey.

George Jr. is unfiltered, uncut and packs a punch of a whopping 134.4 proof. (Most other bourbons weigh in at a 90 proof or 45% alcohol). The difference between the two is obviously age. George Sr. sits for 15 years whereas Jr. is bottled around 8 or 9.

Made from the same mashbill as dear ole dad, each batch is released when it meets the desired taste the distillery is looking for... rich and complex flavors right from the barrel. Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley describes that taste as, “rich, sweet, chocolate and brown sugar flavors mingled in perfect balance with a bold, rye spiciness. The boundless finish lingers with hints of cherries, cloves and smokiness.”

With high expectations and the George T. Stagg name, many bourbon drinkers originally raised an eyebrow at this new bourbon, expecting the same profile as its predecessor. This quickly changed as each limited batch sells out very quickly. The original has won numerous awards, and Jr. is sure to follow.

Come down this week and give this bourbon a try. Or choose from one of the many other medal winners that we offer:

  • baker's 7 yo 
  • blanton's single barrel
  • buffalo trace 
  • bulleit 
  • bulleit rye 
  • cody road
  • eagle rare 10 yo single barrel 
  • high west american prairie
  • knob creek 9 yo 
  • old charter 10 yo old 
  • fitzgerald 12 yo 
  • woodford reserve
  • jim beam 
  • jim beam black
  • wild turkey 
  • wild turkey russell's reserve

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