Issue 14 Issue 14 Tastings Tastings

Tasting: Stagg Jr, Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Stagg Jr

Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Buffalo Trace Distillery

Proof: 131
ABV: 65.5%
Style: Bourbon
State: KY
Price: $$$$

Peggy Noe Stevens

Nose: Tobacco and banana with twists of wood sugar and oriental spice. Crushed pecans with nutmeg and molasses. Toffee candy and light coffee.

Palate: Caramel on the palate with a mingling of the toffee, then paprika and ginger, but mature on the spice. A sensation of mint at the end.

Finish: Plush texture with sorghum and oak. A punch of clove.

Comments: Wildly complex and decadent with a seductive mouthfeel that gradually unfolds its complexity. 



Susan Reigler

Nose: Ripe peaches, freshly grated cinnamon and nutmeg, brown sugar, caramel apple, vanilla, and marzipan. 

Palate: Sweet caramel is built upon with milk chocolate, stone fruit, a pinch of citrus zest, and roasted almonds. The cinnamon and nutmeg from the nose persist for perfect spicy balance.

Finish: The fruit, savory oak and nuts linger. 

Comments: Nearly perfect at full proof.
But the addition of a little water summons chocolate like an incantation.



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