Distiller: Buffalo Trace
What does the distiller say: “Straight out of the barrel, uncut and unfiltered, the taste is powerful, flavorful and intense. Open it up with a few drops of water, sit back and ponder the wonders of the universe.”
Age: 15 Years (or so we’ve been told)
Color: ( 92 )
Deep, burnt orange
Nose: ( 91 / 100 )
Nutty, like roasted pecans, with vanilla and butterscotch
Taste: ( 91 / 100 )
The front reveals mild oak with elements of sweet vanilla and caramel. Heat rises on the mid-palate carrying the sweet elements to the roof of the mouth where they linger into the finish.
Finish: ( 90 / 100 )
Heat fades a little as the savory notes are further revealed in a finish of moderate duration.
Overall Rating: ( 91 / 100 ) Buy (Stagg is still Stagg!)
The nose is worthy of the Stagg moniker, but we would have liked a longer duration on the finish. The front palate flavors are worthy of the Antique Collection series, but the mid-palate is the star as those sweeter elements collect at the roof of the mouth, a truly unique experience. Overall, much like its proof, the 2013 George T. Stagg is a great whiskey, but falls just short of the epic 2012 bottling.