Distiller: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Bourbon: George T Stagg
Region: Frankfort, Kentucky
Age: 15 years
The Barrel Cellar Score: 95
Review Date: 7/04/2019
Color: Burnt Amber
Nose: Cinnamon, vanilla, apricot preserves, dried fruit, and baking spice
Taste: Cinnamon, leather, cherry wood dried fruits, oak, and a touch of tobacco, Finish rye brown sugar, chocolate covered raisin, and mild oak tannic notes. Slight oily texture.
Assessment: I’ve been trying to find a bottle of George T Stagg for years. This being a fall season limited release, I wouldn’t have expected to find it in in July. However, by a random occurrence of events, including wrong turns and closed establishments (in part due to it being a holiday) my luck turned. I finally got my hands on some July 4th. The timing, I suppose, was a bit of a metaphor for the bourbon itself. While our country was celebrating its independence, filling the air with beautiful firework displays, When un-corked, this bottle of bourbon released fireworks of its own. The 2018 vintage of George T Stagg, a Buffalo Trace Distilling antique collection release is an explosion of flavor and character. It’s extraordinary approachability allows for a wide flavor profile while still retaining the heat you would expect from a barrel strength release.
George T Stagg Bourbon is an exceptional bourbon. 95 Points
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