George T. Stagg

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Brand: George T. Stagg, Buffalo Trace
Expression: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Type: USA Whisky / Bourbon
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 65.9%
Country/Region: USA / Kentucky
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Issue 41
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Buffalo Trace Distillery, 1001 Wilkinson Boulevard, PO Box 619, Frankfort, KY, Kentucky, USA
Taster   Dominic Roskrow
Nose: Dark chocolate,cherry,tobacco pouch, sports locker room ,cocoa.
Palate: Full and rich,mouth-coating even with a big splash of water,lots of sweet fruits,wood tannins and dark chocolate.
Finish: Long, spicy,fruity and woody,all held in check. Wonderful.
Comment: Still a world beater. What were you doing when Barack won? I was sipping this,celebrating in style.
Taster   Gavin D. Smith
Nose: Very sweet, with nougat, egg custard and all-spice.
Palate: Full-bodied, plump cereal, brittle toffee, spicy oak and hazelnuts.
Finish: Lingering soft toffee notes, spice and glace cherries.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Ridiculously big,from colour to the intense nose (alcohol as well?). Cooked black fruit,bloody steak,toffee,coconut oil. In time there's bitter chocolate and a touch of nut
Palate: Hot! Enormous array of flavours: almond,black cherry,firm oak,yet strangely,and surprisingly for one solarge,superbly balanced.
Finish: Anise.Complex
Comment: This is as big as a buffalo,but the key is how all of these massive flavours (and alcohol) are brought together
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Huge sweet hit at first, burnt sugar, caramel and dark chocolate. Spicy oak follows with Chantilly cream and a little nutmeg.
Palate: Big and bold, mouth coating with toffee and caramel notes. The oak is here too bringing spices and soft cream pastries.
Finish: Long and sweet.
Comment: Nothing small about this, but it is all in balance.
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Oak varnish, cherry pie,a little black treacle. A burnt orange tang adds tothe complexity.
Palate: An explosion of flavours,cherries,fizzy sour sweets,oak sweetness,BBQ sauce.
Finish: Memorable with a sweet meaty element.
Comment: Wonderful,the balance does not give away its strength.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Enormous! Darker, sweeter and richer than all the others put together. Marmalade, sugar candy, orange liqueur chocolates. Sultry.
Palate: Sufficient spiciness and structure to balance the huge waves of sweetness. Orange again. Shows complexity.
Finish: Long and sweet. Lingering.
Comment: A sweet mother for ya!
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Mint toffee. Fudge.
Palate: Mint toffees again. Dark fudge. Candied prunes.
Finish: Some astringency. Lots of alcohol. The two seem to round each other into one big punch (of the pugilistic type).
Comment: Ideal for Thanksgiving or Christmas. If you don't like your in-laws or the television, knock yourself out after dinner.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Intense. Tangy. Paint varnish. Sour fruit. Damson plum jam. A musty note ofdamp floor in an abandoned house.
Palate: Briefly sweet then a sharp alcohol bite. A powerful wood and sour fruit combination of flavours. But quite well integrated given the strength.
Finish: Dry. Prunes and liquorice.
Comment: A big,muscular bourbon. George T. Stagg ? Good guess...For a stag nightmaybe...
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Intense. A bit tangy but not as the strength would let expect. Dried apple peel. Cinnamon,clove. Pot-pourri.
Palate: Sweet and smooth. Again no alcohol bite.But the woody flavours are dominating.Walnut stain.
Finish: Softer,long and spicy.
Comment: An interesting character. Again a bourbon which does not drown yourtastebuds with sweetness but you have got tolikeoakywhiskeys.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: The deepest and sweetest on show. Ridiculous levels of honey and caramel and char. Black honey, coffee. Liqueur like.
Palate: Big and fat and slightly lacking in definition and grip. Heart-burning alcohol levels. Fruits slightly sour. Not balanced.
Finish: Floppy.
Comment: A no-holds barred glass, but doesn't have the class of the best on show.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Very sharp. The alcohol is aggressive. Rich burnt caramel and toffee. Candied chestnuts. Hintof mushrooms
Palate: A hint of sweetness but the alcohol attacks the tongue,making it difficult to appreciate the taste. Lots oftoasted oak
Finish: Warm,abrupt,lingering
Comment: Too high a strength. Water tones the alcohol down but enhance the bitterness as well
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Spirity. A bowl of cereal. Honeyed popcorn. Grassy. Green tea. Touch of angelica. Crème caramel. Lots of vanilla.
Palate: Crisp, neat. Orange marmalade. Very astringent. Oak and high strength give a burning kick to the tastebuds.
Finish: Dry, rather short, astringent.
Comment: Where is the pleasure? Even with water, one feels the burn, which covers the flavours. I am no masochist, thank you.
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