American Whiskey - Bourbon

George T. Stagg 15yr Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

From: Kentucky, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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Tier 2
This is a Tier 2 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013

Beverage Testing Institute

  • This bottle has not been rated by this competition.

Wine Enthusiast

  • Pre-2004
  • 2004
  • 2006
  • 2007

Proof66 Notes

George T Stagg bourbon is part of the Antique Collection of whiskeys from Buffalo Trace. It is uncut and unfiltered, bottled straight from the barrel at a very high proof. They call it "powerful and intense" and recommend mixing with a "few drops" of mineral water. The proof will vary slightly from year-to-year as it is uncut. 

For those who seek out the Stagg, this disappointing but still interesting news in the 2015 press release from Buffalo Trace: "Please be warned that finding a bottle of this year’s batch of George T. Stagg will be harder than ever. This batch contained 128 barrels, a similar size batch as in previous years. Unfortunately these barrels yielded very little whiskey. Some of the barrels were nearly empty, containing only 1 or 2 gallons. Storage location of these barrels varied across a number of warehouses and several floors, but 84% of the original whiskey was lost to evaporation." That is the definition of scarcity and limited edition.

One doesn't often think of buffalo in Kentucky but the distillery takes its name from the buffalo path (or "trace") that led to the banks of the Kentucky River in Franklin County. Buffalo Trace Distillery takes pride in the limestone water (being notably free of iron) and good soil conditions for grain. The site has had a working distillery since 1787 but the official Buffalo Trace first began operation in 1857. It obtained one of only four permits offered during Prohibition to maintain production for "medicinal purposes." Today, the distillery sits on a picturesque 119 acres and produces several labels of bourbon. 
Buffalo Trace was named Distillery of the Year by the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It was named a national historic landmark in 2013. 

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    Rabble Reviews

    This bottle has 10 ratings and 10 reviews.
    BigTee BigTee (5) (2013-09-01)
    We searched for this bourbon for about six months and finally got to try some while on vacation in Oregon this summer. After reading the previous reviews I felt I was prepared for the experience. I was not disappointed. It was everything I expected and more! This is some of the finest sipping whiskey youll find. We had it neat and it was fantastic! Very smooth, even at the high alcohol content. I can only imagine it with a splash of water.
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    voldron voldron (10) (2012-03-19)
    I completely agree that this is a bourbon to be treated with a bit of caution. If you aren't used to an alcohol bourbon then work your way up to this bad boy. I was lucky enough to try a glass of this at a speak easy in San Diego, my world was rocked to say the least. No less than a week later I found myself trying to get my hands on a bottle, which I luckily have. There is so much flavor it'll make your eyes roll back and have you begging for another sip. Again be forewarned, this is a hot bourbon! Cut it after trying it neat; I had it with an ice block and let it slowly melt. FANTASTIC!
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    Pavlos Pavlos (6) (2012-02-07)
    I was completely unprepared for this. As I first uncorked the bottle, a drop fell out and I tasted it with my finger. It felt like holy water would feel on the tongue of the undead. Turpentine-flavored battery acid? I managed a few sips and almost called the fire brigade. An experience I would recommend, but not something any sane person would enjoy on a regular basis.
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    Buck Mulligan Buck Mulligan (49) (2011-11-29)
    I agree with some of the other comments here: this is not for the meek. This is straight high octane bourbon, and if you dont treat it with respect it will get you (140-145 proof). However, for a dram this potent it is certainly possible to sip - but I mean sip - neat. I open it up with a bit of water and it rivals the best bourbons being made at present, full of complexity and sweet and spicy tones. The alcohol burn is surprisingly subtle especially after a couple of sips. Hats off to the entire antique collection, as all five have been brilliant the last couple of years!
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    ChrisCarlsson ChrisCarlsson (326) (2010-08-28)
    This bourbon is a challenge to all others. It sets the standard for bourbon, and shows how great a whiskey it can be. It gives most, if not all single malt scotches a run for their money when it comes to craftsmanship and quality. As close to perfection in bourbon as it gets.
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    jfatt340 jfatt340 (15) (2010-08-05)
    This is a great conversation piece, most will not dare to try even a sip. If you can get to it, there is nothing better than finishing the bottle (barrel silt). Cut it with water, ice AND a splash of ginger ale. GTS makes me feel alive.
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    Perrin Perrin (68) (2009-02-28)
    This is bourbon drinkers bourbon. Too powerful for my palate.
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    jasonjohnson1898 jasonjohnson1898 (17) (2009-02-28)
    Its cool because it ignites and burns. The taste is hard its more for the serious bourbon drinker. For the casual drinker its a bit too harsh and bitey. I'd have it again if it were free but I wouldn't buy it for myself.
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    Irishman Irishman (269) (2009-02-28)
    Ok, this bourbon tastes fantastic but at 144 proof keep any open flames away from your glass! Wow! This this has more bite than a Sunday morning hangover in the front pew at church!
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    Phizbin Phizbin (203) (2008-10-28)
    Holy sweet mother Mary of Jesus! This bourbon actually scared me when I drank it. The thing is like a small tactical nuke in your mouth. Imagine every bourbon flavor you've ever tasted--then cubed--along with a small hit of LSD and you can sort of imagine what's going on in your mouth. This thing is most definitely NOT for the cowardly; only professionals here.
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