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.
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 Filtered
BALANCE and FEEL:
There is decent balance despite the heat, with full body and a silky but not oily mouth feel.
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.
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.
Batch 10's lingering flavours become masked by hazy oakwood char as its heat lingers on for only a moment.