Buffalo Trace Antique Collection: George T. Stagg 2020
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Raided Score: 95
Publication: Whisky Advocate
Excerpt: A deliciously thick, viscous finish goes on and on, completing this tour de force with flavors of chocolate-covered marshmallows, cinnamon, more allspice, old leather, tobacco, and polished oak.
Excerpt: Far from being flawed, the 2020 Stagg struggles to reach the amazing heights of years past throughout its entire sip. It’s a solid drinker overall that at times is overshadowed by the company’s own ever impressive Stagg Jr. and its competition that have stepped up their game, offering comparable and worthy Stagg alternatives.
Excerpt: Take your time with the whiskey, as it’s slow to reveal its charms, but once it does it’s exceptionally rewarding, with a sweet finish that offers some classic Stagg butterscotch, vanilla, and milk chocolate. Complex but balanced, and arguably my favorite in the 2020 lineup
Excerpt: George T Stagg rarely misses the mark, and this is no exception. The defacto unicorn for lovers of powerful, oaky bourbons, 2020's release delivers everything drinkers will love in a package few will be lucky to find.
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This is a well aged, barrel strength bourbon that exists as part of the exclusive set of Antique Collection releases that drop from Buffalo Trace every fall. This is a 15 year old bourbon, historically released as a marriage of some 300 barrels that were hand picked by Buffalo Trace staff. In recent years, Buffalo Trace has stopped publishing bottle counts, leading drinkers to wonder just how many more of these are being released.
Powerful brown sugar, toffee, barrel char and pepper. Decadent, powerful, loaded with complexity.
Brown sugar at first on the palate. Rich, syrupy mouthfeel. A pinprick of heat, but nothing unruly. Rich tobacco, some pepper, clove, bold oak structure. Cream and creme brulee. Leaning more brown sugar sweet / savory.
Long finish, with a bit of heat on departure. Brown sugar and tobacco are once again the theme here, delivering a long bold finish.
George T Stagg rarely misses the mark, and this is no exception. The defacto unicorn for lovers of powerful, oaky bourbons, 2020's release delivers everything drinkers will love in a package few will be lucky to find.
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