" Stagg Jr. is a limited production barrel proof bourbon. Buffalo Trace released the first batch in Aug, 2013 and has released two batches per year since then. Each batch is blended from bourbons that are roughly 8 or 9 years old and released at a unique proof. Collectors use those proof numbers to identify specific batches.
When Stagg Jr. was first released, it didn’t receive a very warm welcome. Bourbon drinkers familiar with George T. Stagg (an older, much rarer BTAC bourbon) were expecting Stagg Jr. to be a barrel proof offering with a similar profile. When they realized it didn’t have a similar profile, many prominent reviewers thought it was too “alcohol forward” and downgraded Stagg Jr. to a “Pass” and dismissed it as a failed version of George T. Stagg. While this negative opinion still exists among some whiskey circles and experts, many bourbon enthusiasts switched camps after the 3rd batch and now consider this to be a well-executed barrel strength offering. Newer batches typically receive high ratings and sell out relatively quickly.
Aside from renewed interest in the bourbon’s quality, Stagg Jr. also has value as part of a larger vertical, meaning that collectors will try to get at least one bottle from each release to display or drink. This “vertical value” emerged shortly after the third release and grew as a purchase influence with each subsequent batch. Likewise, the value of previous releases has also increased, as has the number of collectors who are trying to assemble verticals.
Availability of Stagg Jr. varies widely by region. It can sit for months in some areas and disappear in days from others. Even with that variation, it’s very rare to find bottles on shelves that are older than the most recent batch or two. Collectors pulling together verticals likely need to leverage friends, trades, purchase groups, or the secondary market to source early batch bottles.
Producer’s Description: Just like George T. Stagg Bourbon, this whiskey is not filtered and offers all the rich and complex flavors of bourbon right from the barrel. Bottles of Stagg Jr. will be limited, but several batches each year are planned. This new Stagg Jr. offering will not affect the stock of barrels already set aside for future George T. Stagg releases.
Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley describes that taste as, “rich, sweet, chocolate and brown sugar flavors mingled in perfect balance with a bold, rye spiciness. The boundless finish lingers with hints of cherries, cloves and smokiness.”
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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.