Distiller: Buffalo Trace
What does the distiller say:
Uncut and unfiltered, this robust bourbon whiskey ages for nearly a decade and boasts the bold character that is reminiscent of [George T. Stagg] himself.
Age: 8 Years
Color: Very Deep Amber
Floral with strong overtones of sweet vanilla. The high proof does not translate to overpowering alcohol as might be expected. A few drops of water adds to the sweetness.
Neat – Bold up front, as the proof would suggest, followed by caramel and a lot of vanilla mixing on the mid-palate. The mouth feel was noticeably thin and showed its relative youth just a little.
With Water – A few drops of water and the flavor opened up a little providing slightly more sweetness and depth of flavor.
Neat – The finish was mild and, as anticipated by the thin mouth feel, faded more quickly than we like.
With Water – The finish changed dramatically, actually adding to the duration, a welcome surprise.
Overall Rating: 89/100 (Recommended)
Recommended, especially if you like the higher proof bourbons. It has been produced as a more accessible version of the older and nearly unattainable George T. Stagg. At roughly $50 retail, we find this bourbon to perform its role admirably.
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