Distiller: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Spirit: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Aged: 8+ Years
Price: Around $69.99
About The Distillery
“Throughout the challenges of floods, fires, tornadoes and even Prohibition, the American family-owned Buffalo Trace Distillery has never compromised. A timeless dedication to respecting the past while fearlessly innovating for the future has served us well for more than two centuries. No matter the challenge, be it Mother Nature or man, the people of our Distillery have been part of the story that shaped America and the spirit industry as well.”
About The Bottle
“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.”
- Proof vs Heat
Notes & Review
Nose: You can absolutely tell that this is an unabashedly hot whiskey in the nose.
When the heat opens back up, the nose is straightforward and uncomplicated. Intensely oaky with strong notes of baking spice before finishing with more subtle notes of black pepper, tobacco, baking spice, licorice, and black currant tea.
Palate: The palate isn’t very thick, being a more watery and clean tasting.
After the initial kick-in-the-teeth from the proof, you get a nice dry spiced oak, baking spices, flaky butter pie crust, tobacco, leather, dark fruits, and deeply torched vanilla.
Finish: Black pepper makes a comeback in the finish alongside a more classic bold and savory profile of leather, smoldered tobacco, and charcoal.
Review: If there are two things to glean from this pour. It’s that, first, it’s hot; and, second, it’s got a lot of bold and savory flavors going on.
This is definitely a heartier whiskey that isn’t for the feint of heart.
This specific Stagg Jr. release is very close to the 2019 GTS in terms of heat and profile. So, if you’ve had that, imagine a slightly hotter and less sweet pour that with a lot of other similarities.
Its interesting just how little sweetness comes through this pour, but also how well it embraces its savory nature.
The black pepper, leather, and tobacco notes really dominate the palate, giving it a strong and bold base that combats the heat by allowing the actual flavor to dual for dominance. However, it’s not without its undertones and complexities, like the dark fruit found right before the finish.
User Review( votes)
Greg Sinadinos started his spirits journey writing a whiskey periodical for Fine Tobacco NYC Magazine. He began answering review requests under a social media page he named “Whiskey Culture,” which quickly merged with Greg’s passion for connecting with others and his interest in history.
Today, Greg travels the country not just looking for great whiskey, but also exploring the history and individuals that the whiskey community is founded upon. He has authored “Whiskey History From Around The World” and is the host of “The Rickhouse” web series.