" Appearance: Rich mahogany, slightly lighter than the Weller
Nose: Salt, beeswax, dark fruit (skins, not real juicy), a bit of anise, caramel cream sauce, wet pavement. Quite oaky too. Interesting, complex, appealing, but get too close while you’re sniffing and you’ll singe your nose with ethanol. With water, there’s dandelion flower, old attic, and vanilla extract.
Palate: Have you ever gone out for Szechuan food and bitten into your first soup dumpling with excitement, only to sear the interior of your mouth with boiling hot liquid so badly that you can’t taste anything else for days? That’s what drinking this straight is like. Massive waves of knee-quivering oak and excoriating ethanol made my eyes water almost immediately. Behind it all, I still picked up a few flavor notes that weren’t like licking an unfinished hardwood floor: anise, potpourri, sandalwood – but it was hard to decide if I was tasting spice, or just feeling the prickle of pure alcohol.
With water, things become a bit more manageable. Notes of gingersnap cookie and Ceylon cinnamon suggest a successful Christmas cookie swap, although there’s a mouth-puckering tannic quality in the finish that reminds me of over-steeped black tea. " ~ Distillery notes
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George T. Stagg is a limited-production bourbon whiskey distributed by Buffalo Trace Distillery, as part of the distillery's "Antique Collection " series. It is a high proof uncut and unfiltered bourbon, aged for approximately 15 years. It has been distributed only once a year in the fall, but in 2005 a second spring release was added. It is rare to find outside the U.S., but some is distributed in other major cities.