It’s been two years since Drew’s evaluate of Stagg Jr. Batch 15, and we’re now taking one other spin with the whiskey — RIP to the “Jr.” designation — after a brief hiatus. It’s comprehensible: within the time since Drew’s evaluate, bourbon has, in some way, managed to turn out to be even boomier, the typical client is exceedingly educated, and secondary costs on the bottle have risen to a constant $250. This excessive proof large brother within the core Buffalo Hint lineup serves as a pure terminus for fans weaned on the flagship namesake, Eagle Uncommon, and/or Blanton’s. Which is all to say that, yeah, we’ve “missed” a number of batches
That’s superb, although (they stated via gritted enamel). Right here we’re, within the now, reintroducing Stagg to the positioning by way of the not too long ago launched Batch 23A. And what a batch it’s. On the nostril it’s deeply fruited in a approach that many have argued was lacking from the previous few batches. Communion wine, stewed cherries, and candy oak give strategy to Boylan black cherry and grape sodas because the bottle is allowed to open up. It’s remarkably ethanol-free at 130.2 proof, and an empty, lingering Glencairn smells much less like alcohol and extra like room temperature NuGrape. But, regardless of all of this candied sweetness, it doesn’t really feel cloying.
The palate has a definite dustiness to it. It’s funky however by no means difficult, flippantly smoked maraschinos and maple syrup. There’s tack, a stickiness, and its comparatively fleeting end truly makes for fairly the crushable pour – a 130-something proof bottle that’s been emptied within the span of a month.
And it’s all slightly archetypal, as a result of as attention-grabbing an train as it’s to check the assorted batches, Stagg stays a testomony to the consistency of craft at Sazerac’s Frankfort distillery. It was and is a good gateway to cask energy bourbon, as shut as the typical individual will get to experiencing the Buffalo Hint Vintage Assortment and, at MSRP, the perfect bottle available on the market round fifty bucks.
As Drew stated final time round, One other winner.