Buffalo Trace Distillery tells BourbonBlog.com they will release the new Stagg Jr. Bourbon, in August 2013 at a suggested retail price is $49.99 for a 750ml.
Like George T. Stagg, this will be an uncut and unfiltered bourbon whiskey. Buffalo Trace says that Stagg Jr. will maintains the integrity of the “big, bold whiskey bottled at barrel proof” but at a more affordable price.
The first batch of Stagg Jr. is comprised of barrels aged for eight and nine years. The proof weighs in at a whopping 134.4 proof (67.2% ABV).
Future releases will be different proofs, as each batch is unique and no water is added. Just like George T. Stagg Bourbon, this new 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.
Buffalo Trace says that this new Stagg Jr. offering will not affect the stock of barrels already set aside for future George T. Stagg releases.
While we’ll bring you our review of Stagg Jr. Bourbon soon, for now Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley describes the taste to BourbonBlog.com 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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“We’ve been aging these barrels for years in anticipation of this Stagg Jr. offering,” say Kris Comstock, bourbon marketing director. “George T. Stagg has won countless awards, but we’re delighted to introduce Stagg Jr., which should be a bit more accessible.”
George T. Stagg was one of the legendary craftsmen of Buffalo Trace Distillery, and is responsible for building Buffalo Trace Distillery.
In 2002, Buffalo Trace introduced George T. Stagg Bourbon Whiskey, an uncut, unfiltered bourbon that has won numerous awards including World’s Best North American Whiskey, Number One Spirit in the World, and World Whiskey of the Year.