American Whiskey - Bourbon
George T. Stagg 15yr Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.
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.
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.
While not a competition we officially follow because it's constrained to whisky, George T Stagg won Best North American Whiskey at the venerable and respected Whisky Magazine's 2013 World Whiskies Award.
George T Stagg was named Best Bourbon at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
- This bottle has not been rated by this competition.
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