Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Spring 2002
Fall 2017
Stated Age
15 years old
#4 Charred American White Oak Barrel
Number of bottles
64.6 % Vol.
750 ml
129.2 Proof
Bottle code
L172290112:357 REF
Added on
20 Sep 2017 5:07 pm by maltaholic
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 863.31

15 × in wishlist

43 × member ratings

145 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for George T. Stagg 2002

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.71 points

  1. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Deep, polish, waxed wood, red berries. Very generous with crème brûlée, caramel and pecans.
      With water, it loses relief but gains in creaminess. Burnt notes
    • Taste
      Spicy and waxy, very woody, the water reveals a bright side with notes of burnt.
    • Finish
      Sweet, very fragrant and spicy, with cherry brandy.
      With water, we have flowers, a whole cocktail of spices and an incredible length.

      Nose 5/5 (4/5 with water)
      Mouth & Final 4/5 (Final 5/5 with water)

      Whiskey n ° 2185

  2. EvilAFI scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    As far as bourbon goes this is about as good as it gets.
    Nose - 91 Deep n dark. Brown sugar, oak, vanilla, orange cream,
    Palate - 91 Hot, but still easily drinkable neat. Cinnamon, honey roasted peanuts, cherry, orange sherbet, oak mellowness,
    Finish - 91 Long, burnt caramel, maraschino cherries, oaky sweetness and orange zest all linger for quite some time in wonderful harmony

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur


    N: Initially locked in by its massive abv, but giving it time to open out fully reveals a ‘plethora of complexity’ [yet another potential heavy metal album for the taking].
    T: Awesome arrival. Impressive how the complexity of this brand [unlike the Handy] has been maintained.
    F: Sweet pancake>medicinal.
    C: Still remains the unbeaten ‘bourbon monster’ champ, if that’s your style.Scores an A-

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I could not decide between this one and this higher strength offering to try?
    In the end I thought 64% was high enough, discretion is the better part of valour remember. This one I had to take time with, experimenting with water, quite nice but I found it hard work as non bourbon drinker, it certainly has some depth of profile that apart from the 15 year Pappy Van Winkle I tried earlier today I haver never found in any other bourbons.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. This_Is_BearDog scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Nose - Thick with cherries - fresh picked and canned pie filling. Cherry cola. Touches of tobacco and sweet oak. Slightly sour citrus, mostly lemon, infusing the oak. Thick and nougatty. Really rich and sweet. Figs and leather. Autumnal notes of crunchy leaves. This smells the way other bourbons only smell after the glass is empty and dry. Very little alcohol burn.

    Palate - Sweet, sweet charred oak. Lemon juice and tons of cherries. Honeyed fruits. More leather than before, and with it comes rye spice. Dark chocolate oranges. Molasses, slightly rummy. Thick mouthfeel, very luscious, and drinks way under proof.

    Finish - Intense oak and lemon. Cherry pie. Tobacco spice. Some rye spice that holds on. Clingy and drying leather, but also some real sweetness. Lemon-cherry pie, I’ve never had it. Vanilla ice cream.

    Overall - Minus a malty profile, this fits how I imagine old sherried Scotches that people gush over. So full of rich cherries and old, classic oak notes. The only thing I can really nitpick at here is that it does get a little overoaked in the palate and somewhat moreso in the finish, but that’s really nothing. This is getting close to my platonic ideal of a low-rye bourbon. If the cherries were more the apple pie that I get from younger BT, I think we’d be there.

  6. valery77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Powerful, open. Just sawn board, vanilla, very delicate notes of a joinery workshop, oriental spices, sweet pastries, pickled apples, perfume notes. 22
    • Taste
      Full-bodied, dry, powerful, at first burning. Black pepper, vanilla, perfume notes, oriental spices, fruit caramel, oak tannins, a little salt, wax. 22
    • Finish
      From medium to long, slightly knitting, smoothly fading. 22
      Powerful, balanced bourbon without weak points. Balance 23.
      Total 89

  7. Kumachan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    ● The dress.
    Red copper, tears of extreme delicacy, very tight threads with little drops almost motionless.

    ● The drop on the palm.
    Lots of leather, sugar and love apple, cotton candy, caramel, sental wood and poppies.

    ● The nose.
    Very dense, a monolith that leaves little room for other than varnish and lacquer, at rest!
    After two hours, he relaxed.
    Beautiful fat, opulent and sweet notes. The sweet necklace, vanilla licorice.
    A good dose of sental wood, salted butter catamel, pudding and cinnamon.
    The camphor is offered a place of honor with a beautiful worn leather, the whole draws on the old red wine.
    A very elegant profile is born, Parterre of flowers: Lilac, violet and ice cream poppy, a little violet and cotton candy.

    ● The mouth.
    Sweet and very elegant for this first meeting.
    The flower! Here the tongue is covered with lilac, violet and poppy ice cream.
    Will quickly evolve on hardiness, leather and chilli, toasted wood, nutmeg and camphor, burnt bread and salted butter caramel, some cooked corn.
    Sweet back on the sweet PEZ before he gives life to licorice.
    The end of the mouth will go to the side of the herbs with bitter lavender and dandelion, a saving return of poppies maintains the elegance.

    ● The final.
    Long, dominated by a mixture of flowers: violet, poppy and lilac, salty licorice / sweet / bitter. Gentian and patinated tannins.

    ● The empty glass.
    An explosion of ice poppies, camphor and wood smoking.

    A superb Bourbon, very elegant. A double face that is perfectly balanced between the flowers and the rusticity, perfect balance therefore.
    I really like.

    If it had to be given a subjective note, it would be a 89.

  8. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tried the 2017 version side by side with the 2015 I have opened and the 2015 is noticeably better.

  9. DrBardamu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87


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