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Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Overall rating
88.92/100
votes
41
Category
Bourbon
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
129.7 Proof
Bottled
2015
Strength
64.85 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Barcode
088004018580
Added on
28 Oct 2015 12:45 am by Brohanman
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 115,36

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Whisky Reviews for Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.92 points

  1. euzlpz scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    The profile of this batch reminds me of Old Rip 10, only it's much, much more complex, and has an unbelievably long finish. THIS BOURBON LOVES WATER!! It NEEDS water to unlayer its complexity, even as much as 40% I highly recommend you get some GOOD bottled spring water and really play with it at all levels of dilution...if not you are missing out BIG TIME...it's good neat but so much better  with lots of water* (it really tames the burn too-- and the burn comes from an extended fermentation process-- which makes the enormous flavor possible!) The beautiful thing is that the body is so solid, you lose absolutely nothing by adding water-- it's amazingly well balanced even at a 40/60 ratio...truly unforgettable. I hope you like it as much as I do...my unbiased score is a 94 (I very rarely rate above an 85 no matter how much I love a whiskey)...my biased score is a 98.

    *There are many whiskies I prefer neat...many I find are improved with a sprinkle of water, and very few I find drink optimally with a bath-- this is one of those few. I enjoy this most at 33% dilution. Crystal Geyser is my bottled water of choice...please don't use tap water, even Dasani would taint this beauty (I've tried MANY different bottled water brands, Dasani is at the bottom of my list, though better than city tap...some rural country tap is excellent ). Some other good ones are VOSS, and Water Of Fiji...Crystal Geyser is much cheaper and much better IMHO.   
    • Nose
      Uncork and pour, it will find you from an arm's distance before you take the first sip. Old-school meets new age in very memorable fashion...notes of praline pecan pie, German chocolate cake, English butter-toffee, gourmet caramels, Earthy vanilla bean, nutmeg, cocoa de menthe, banana soufflé with all the trimmings, eggnog-- made with outstanding sipping rum that is heavily oaked...wow...this is so unexpected...
    • Taste
      ALL notes from the nose match...in addition...Bailey's Irish cream (imagine if it were crafted with care by a master French-Irish fusion chef-- no I've never heard of one either and Yes-- I take myself seriously). Banana bread with walnuts, sweet and spicy tobacco, crème brûlée, demerara sugar, molasses...some tropical earthiness...
    • Finish
      Long, spicey, succulent, sweet, rich, oaky, creamy, gourmet dessert-like...Kona coffee with loads of cream...delicious German chocolate, Mom's apple pie with good vanilla Ice cream (lots of egg yokes and nutmeg...cinnamon)-- drizzled in delicate clover honey...tobacco lingers...banana soufflé follows-- and folks, I'm not talking about your average banana notes often found in Irish and Candian whiskies...no, these along with every other discernable note are of the quality you can expect from the finest gourmet restaurants...lingering Irish butter made from grass-fed cows (Kerrigan's)...a hint of smoke minutes later...and 15 minutes later as I was writing the "comments", mint has yet again returned...

  2. HunterRomario scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: Leather, propolis, chocolate, furniture varnish. It looks heavy, compact, with a style of rum, but without any sweetness. Behind all of this there are liquorice, pickles, cork, blackcurrants, rhubarb and fresh pine wood. The aroma is rich and layered, with water adding another dimension and is even more rumble. (92 pts)
    Taste: Although I like casks around 55% alcohol and usually do not dilute, so this piece of Kentucky really needs dilution, otherwise alcohol masks everything good. Without water, this whiskey is very "unreadable". You do not need to save water on a small shot, 7 drops were still low and only 7 opened it. Leather, reminiscent of rye. Lacky taste, dry, with anise and star anise, creamy woodiness and chocolate in the end. (87 pts)
    Points: 90
    Summary: I brought a sample from the Whiskey Festival in Radebeul. For me, the best I have ever tasted from the USA. This was a hell of a thing for Buffalo Trace.

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Moderator

    Pretty OK for me as a Bourbon newbie - however, reminds me a little bit on Dr. Pepper Cherry....
    • Nose
      88 88
      Lots of raisins, dried fruits, sugar cane, molasses, vanilla, hints of smoke, charcoal, sugar cherries, glue solvent - not bad
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very punchy, oily, sour cherries, toffee, vanilla, subtle sweetness, artificial sweetener, spices, plenty of woody notes, faint burnt notes, toasted bread, cherry drops - pretty OK
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, burning, not drying, water recommended

  4. valery77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Open, powerful. Vanilla, pickled vegetables, wet board, furniture lacquer, peach gum, banana, “drunk cherry”, sour berries, new leather furniture. 22
    • Taste
      Full-bodied, moderately dry, powerful. Black pepper, red apple, cherry, pickled ginger, ascorbic acid, perfume motifs, caramel, cherry bone. 22
    • Finish
      From medium to long, enveloping, smoothly fading. 22
      Well balanced, tasty, surprisingly “drinkable” burly, though not very complex, but powerful and bright. Balance 22
      Total 88

  5. domani scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great bourbon! For me he plays in the same league as the Elijah Craig Barrel Proof. With the difference of this one is pure chocolate - the liquid core of a juicy chocolate cake or a praline. The typical Bourbon solvent or adhesive notes remain covered and in the background. You can also enjoy without water. Excellent - 05.01.2019
    • Nose
      Juice of a sweet plum, plum wine, raisins, baked apple, warm caramelized brown sugar, cinnamon, hot chocolate, in the background the unmistakable bourbon caramel and a hint of thinning. The latter but only discreetly perceptible
    • Taste
      First chilling then immediately pure chocolate enters, strong, peppery-spicy, oily, chocolate banana, pudding, caramelized sugar on the creme brulee, juicy marble cake, roasted pine nuts, overripe banana, honey, espresso
    • Finish
      Lang

  6. DrBardamu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    From a sample. Hard to describe; first two sips wonderful zero alcohol on the noise or palate juicy fudge-toffy and gooseberries with a sweet finish, than this dram turns on you like a schizophrenic bitch, very dry, sour and hot on my last sip (not in a good way). A little off putting, to say the least. 
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

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