George T. Stagg Bourbon (Fall 2015)
George T. Stagg // Kentucky, USA
"The 2015 George T. Stagg from Buffalo Trace's Antique Collection was barreled in the spring of 2000. It's uncut and unfiltered, and bottled a whopping 138.2 proof. While it was released in a batch of 128 barrels, roughly 84% of the original barreled whiskey was lost to the angel's share, leaving a rather small 128-barrel batch, and that staggering proofing, behind. "
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak containers.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"The nose offers vanilla, oak, caramel and brown sugar. There's a lurking bit of heat there, but not as much as could be expected of a nearly 70% abv whiskey. A velvety smooth mouthfeel may trick you into letting your guard down for a second before giving way to a hot explosion -- sip easy, friends. Search beneath the heat to find a charred molasses, brown sugar and oaky profile. This is a rich, full and oily dram, and it's a heavyweight that can throw punches and knock you down. Water allows you to appreciate more of its complexity and depth - with vanilla and caramel shining through, while taming the beast further with an ice cube offers a tandem of dry oak and wood, with a deep, lingering vanilla sweetness."