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This is the 14th Batch of Stagg Jr - a ten-ish year old barrel proof release from Buffalo Trace featuring mashbill 1 at barrel proof.
Toffee, praline, lots of sticky caramel candies and some light cherry. Lovely and rich on the nose, the proof is definitely apparent but it's not stinging hot.
Rich on the palate, plenty of caramel, cherry, cocoa. Quite a bit of heat on the palate but with great viscosity. Tons of oak, toffee, brown sugar. Heat grows with time but the viscosity is just wonderful.
Long finish. Oak structure is perfect with plenty of toffee, caramel, pepper, and cherry tying everything together.
Once again, Stagg Jr is a powerful invitation to experience some of the best that barrel proof bourbon has to offer.
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