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George T. Stagg Barrel Proof

Overall rating
90.79/100
votes
73
Category
Bourbon
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition 142.8 Proof
Vintage
1995
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
New-Charred American White Oak Barrels
Strength
71.4 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
30 Jul 2012 11:56 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 949.54

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73 × member ratings

122 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for George T. Stagg Barrel Proof

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.79 points

  1. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Doesn't drink to strength and doesn't need water. Very well constructed.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. el Gato scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    What's not to like with this one? Maybe it's just me, but I do prefer this one without water. It lost a bit edge with water. Did not add much in flavours either. 
    • Nose
      Class nose. Such intensity. Spicy, red berries, vanilla.
    • Taste
      Even more intense. Dry mouthfeel. Vanilla. Toffee. With time, I do get a orange Marmelade
    • Finish
      Pure, clean finish. Red berries. Wood influence, but I do not mind it.

  3. Calmar scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The highest league of bourbon, yuber-whiskey, deep as Lake Baikal, powerful as Niagara Falls, complex, interesting, with a perfectly fortified horse, excellent pitchnost and balance - no alcoholism and discomfort. A disadvantage is one, arising from merits - this is a price tag, but there's nothing to be done.
    • Nose
        Spicy, woody, warm, vanilla, lacquer, carpentry workshop, resin, slowly developing, but deep and rich, salted barrel cucumber, raw barrel, again lacquer colors, stain, processed valuable wood, shavings from expensive quality pencils.
    • Taste
      Powerful, strong, pine needles, lemon, spices, camphor, koch-and-nor pencils (yes, it's the taste of the cracked pencil), pepper, oak, caramel sweetness, burnt sugar, orange peels, confectionery notes-glaze, shortcake with jam.
    • Finish
      Pepper, lemon, spicy, refreshing, ginger, lemonade, caramel sweetness, red-green mango skin, needles of larch, mint, cranberry, cowberry.

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Hazelnuts and Cadburys fruit & nut all the way. Thick wood/honey/sherried fruit/molasses/toffee apples/wheat fields, all very densely packed in. Its a jamboree of intense flavours in a dark rich densely packed form. Requires time
    T: Never has a whisk[e]y needed water more than the Stagg. Waxy, nutty corn, fresh pine needles and dandelion & burdock are the main contenders. Gradually mellowing over time. Slow fade
    F: Dandelion and burdock race the grain spirit to the finish with waxy fishermen's friend notes concluding.
    C: Top flight bourbon, very strong, so you must add water, but yet theres amazing clarity of flavour and the complexity is ridiculous.  Ive decided to reduce my notes [for once] to the main events, however what it suggests is why its won so many awards.  One could go on all night with suggestions. Having said that, i prefer the Thomas H Handy’s as a personal preference.

    Scores an A

  5. brian mac scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Shocked this was comfortable to drink without water,it has a range of smells and tastes I am still getting to grips with.I wish I lived in the states so I could get these whiskeys a bit cheaper,cost me 130 pounds so this is a once in a blue moon bottle for me.It deserves its status as an iconic bourbon and if you see a bottle I would buy it .

  6. karloff scored this whisky 97 points Specialist

    This was a christmas present off my wife. It has been on my wish list for a long time. At £125 a bottle i thought to myself is it going to be worth the money or is it as good as they all say and the answer to both was yes and more. I was drinking this in a hot tub outside in Northumberland in February with snow on the ground and the sky was full of stars and i thought it doesn`t get any better than this. I know i`ve give it very high scores but i don`t care it deserves it.
    • Nose
      99 99
    • Taste
      99 99
    • Finish
      99 99

  7. karloff scored this whisky 97 points Specialist

    This is the second best whiskey i have ever tasted and the best bourbon i have ever tasted. This is not for the faint hearted or the amateur whiskey drinker
    • Nose
      An intense nose bursting with aromas of vanilla, fresh hot cross buns, chocolate orange, oak and coconut, fantastic. If you have a bunged up nose this will clear it for sure.
    • Taste
      At 71.5% alcohol this is amazingly smooth, but it does help if you put in a drop of mineral water or a single ice cube. The first sip is like BANG, it hits you like a Tyson upper cut but it's bursting with strong flavours like oak,sarsaparilla,liquorice and cherry ice lolly.This is as full bodied as they come.
    • Finish
      A magnificent sarasaparilla finish that just lasts forever.

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