bdawson57 says on June 16, 2019
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!
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 Filtered REVIEW 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.
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.
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.
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.