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George T. Stagg (2020)

CAPSULE REVIEW
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Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Sazerac Company

Distillery: Buffalo Trace

Release Date: September 2020 (Annual release)

Proof: 130.4

Age: 15 Years, 4 Months

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Color: Dark Mahogany

MSRP: $99 (2020)

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NOSE

Burnt caramel | Dark chocolate | Cigar box | Charred oak | Stewed apples | Rumtopf | Light before becoming potent

palate

Spice | Vanilla | Leather | Straight-forward | Rich but not overly bold

finish

Vanilla | Caramel | Graham cracker | Slight mustiness | Dry | Flush of heat before subsiding | Cinnamon aftertaste | Long & complex

uniqueness
value
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After dropping to its lowest proof ever in 2019, Stagg returns to its usual 130 proof range. Interestingly, the usual robustness typically associated with Stagg doesn’t return with it to the same degree. Out of the gate, its nose is light, requiring extra time and a swirl of the glass to open up. Its palate follows in much the same way, lacking the typical Stagg bearhug that has come to define the brand. Spice is the showcase of the palate, overshadowing its medium-intensity vanilla and leather notes. It’s in its finish that the whiskey turns itself around as it grows in complexity and intensity, making for an exceptional finish. Far from being flawed, the 2020 Stagg struggles to reach the amazing heights of years past throughout its entire sip. It’s a solid drinker overall that at times is overshadowed by the company’s own ever impressive Stagg Jr. and its competition that have stepped up their game, offering comparable and worthy Stagg alternatives.

The sample used for this review was provided at no cost courtesy of its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Eric

September 16, 2020
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