Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, batch 11

Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, batch 11
WhiskyStagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, batch 11
TypeBourbon
CaskAmerican Oak
Abv64%
Rating 88/100
Reviews of Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, batch 11
says on June 16, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Finish strength: Very long
Color: Mahogany, Henna notes

General description

Stagg Jr Kentucky Straight Bourbon Batch 11 (Stagg Jr B11) is entirely enjoyable.  After the first several sips, my mouth waters each time the Glencairn is brought to the nose and mouth which makes me want more!

VITAL STATS:
Batch 11, (Release Winter of 2018)
Region: Kentucky, USA
Distiller: Buffalo Trace
Mashbill: Buffalo Trace Mashbill #1 (low rye <10% rye) Cask: New charred oak Barrel Char: #4 Age: NAS (but recognized as a blend of 8- to 9-year-old barrels) ABV: 63.95% (127.9 Proof) Cask Strength | Non-Chill FilteredREVIEW SETTING: I drank it neat, from a Glencairn glass.The rating below is similar to my reviews of Eagle Rare, Four Roses Single Barrel, Maker's Mark Cask Strength, Old Forester 1920, Stagg Jr Batch 10, and Weller 12 Year Old.

Nose

Initially, Stagg Jr B11 presents with an ethanol nose then settles to a light alcohol burn.  Subsequent sips find sweet light fruit on a sweet sherry nose with a hint of crushed mint leaves.  The mouth waters when Maraschino cherry cola, cinnamon and light vanilla hit the nose and then blend into an amazingly sweet concoction of brown sugar, caramel, honey, maple syrup, toffee and light molasses.  Further nosing coaxes out sensations of pecans and light oak.

Palate

After the initial fiery burn in the throat and stomach subsides, a pleasing warmness of light fruit sherry settles in.  The mouth salivates to flavours of dark red berries, raisins and more cherry cola.  Fitting spices of cinnamon and pepper blend into subtle bittersweet chocolate and light vanilla.  The juice's sweet brown sugar, maple syrup and toffee are a perfect match to the regal woodiness of almonds and toasted sweet old oak.

Balance, Body, Feel and Look:
After the initial swallow, the bourbon's 128 proof has little burn ... but yet just enough to let one know this is not one with which to be trifled.  It is at once mouthwatering, viscous on the palate and has a nice effervescent tickle.  In the Glenncairn short thin legs slip quickly back into the reservoir.

Finish

Stagg Jr B11's finish is pleasant, exceptionally long and has a lastingly warming bite.  The cherry cola sensed on the nose and palate are accompanied by ginger, vanilla and old leather.  As the dram is emptied, lingering seasoned oak wafts from the Glencairn.

says on May 25, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 88/100
Finish strength: Long
Color: Gin clear

General description

Cherry, vanilla, floral, orange. With sombre water, lemon, ginger. Sweet hay on the palate. Finish is oak, mushroom, and lingers. A very nice bourbon (likely the best I've had to date).

Nose

Cherry, vanilla, floral, orange
With water: lemon, ginger

Palate

Hay, sweet

Finish

Oak, mushroom

says on April 22, 2019
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 65/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Hot. And more heat. Hoping this opens up, otherwise I don't understand the hype.

says on January 27, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 82/100
Color: Chestnutoloroso sherry

General description

Not bad. Lots of spice at the start.

says on January 1, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Color: Brown sherry

General description

batch 11 - Very hot! Will revisit after it has been open a while.

says on November 26, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Burnt umber

General description

Batch 10.  While Stagg Jr. bottles have no batch indication or age statements; an internet search for the proof of "126.4" reveals this bottle to be Batch 10, bottled in the spring of 2018 which is believed to be somewhere between 7 and 9 years old.

The juice in this bottle (which is full of high proof bourbon heat) was challenging for me to discern however I like this earthy bourbon.  The nose and pallet are complex, revealing difficult to detect aromas and flavours on each attempt.  But make no mistake, this is an enjoyable sipper.

VITAL STATS
Batch 10, Released Spring of 2018)
Region: Kentucky, USA
Distiller: Buffalo Trace
Mashbill: Buffalo Trace Mashbill #1 (low rye <10% rye) Cask: New charred oak Barrel Char: #4 Age: NAS (~8 years) ABV: 63.2% (126.4 Proof) Cask Strength | Non-Chill FilteredBALANCE and FEEL: There is decent balance despite the heat, with full body and a silky but not oily mouth feel.

Nose

The nose tickle on this batch of Stagg Jr.'s is pronounced, but not offensive or overwhelming, and is woody and sweet with typical Buffalo Trace spice and dark fruits making this an aromatically aggressive bourbon.  There are traces of citrus mixed with raisins and apricot fruit leather before maple sweetness punches through the dark which is then masked by deep charred oak.

Palate

Stagg Jr.'s earthy palate is similarly aggressive.  Traces of raisins mix with tart pie cherry sweetness and blend well with a light bit of cocoa and elements of toffee.  The back and forth struggle gives way to simple and maple syrups, baking spices and graham cracker.  When the concentration of flavours melt away, an oaky woodiness remains.

Finish

Batch 10's lingering flavours become masked by hazy oakwood char as its heat lingers on for only a moment.

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