Stagg Jr Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch 14
Bourbon — Kentucky, USA
Reviewed November 26, 2020 (edited January 11, 2021)
This is my thanksgiving pour and top pour of the night. Finally got around to opening this bottle and you definitely wouldn’t want to start a flight at this proof. This SJr is batch 14, 130.2 proof. I’m drinking this neat, neck pour. So of course I’m framing this from the Mash Bill 1 perspective. I get warm apple pie and brown sugar which makes sense. Not too different from ER at first take. The proof definitely hits the nose and I’m also getting a good amount of oak. I think the age is about 8-9yrs but drinking more like 12yr. I don’t have batch 12/13 to compare which I’ve read are “phenomenal” but in my option the nose is good, but kind of predictable. The pallet is a wallop of spice and sugar cane matched equally with an impressive proof/burn. This hangs around for awhile and as they say will put a little hair on your chest. After awhile, I finally get the oak again and char. Not many pours where I am more impressed with the pallet/finish than the nose. For all the fanfare to get one of these bottles, I think it is on par EHT SB or ER with just a little more punch. It a good well rounded pour and an absolute must have off the MB1.