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Stagg Junior Bourbon Whiskey, 75 cl

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Featuring familiar scents of brown sugar and stewed apple, the introduction of amaretto is quite striking. Combined with a fusion of cognac and rum scents, it produces an aroma that is unique for the brand. It’s incredibly effective and starts the sip in a praiseworthy spot. The amaretto continues into the palate creating a sweet and nutty impact. This nuttiness is further accentuated with hazelnut, before transitioning to rich plum, vanilla, and classic Stagg heavy sweet oak. This layering makes the sip much more dynamic this year, where often Stagg can come across as very homogeneous in its flavor profile. The finish in turn starts off with a straightforward leather note, before transitioning to pomegranate molasses. There’s also a minor musty tannic note that is fleeting and unlikely to be problematic for the majority of drinkers. This year's release retains its classic heaviness that Stagg known for, but this slight introduction of fruity notes throughout is extremely welcome. This is a great rye, but it’s our least favorite expression among this year’s Antique Collection due to its heavy dose of oak. Those 18 years of maturation have left this rye with a lot of tannin, and that’s accentuated by the rye’s relatively low proof of 90. Of note in October: The 2023 Buffalo Antique Collection dropped, and we tasted our way through it. Keep scrolling to see where each of this year’s BTAC expressions fall among our other favorite whiskeys of the month. 11. Glenmorangie Cadboll Estate

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it now rightfully belongs on my short list of America's Greatest Whiskeys." F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal West describes this year’s Thomas H. Handy as “one of the best THH releases [he’s] had in a good long while.” With baking spice aromas and plenty of pepper interlaced with orange peel, Wild Turkey’s 101-proof 8-year-old whiskey does not disappoint. This is an easy-drinking whiskey that possesses comforting flavors of rye bread and ginger.

In America, Wild Turkey’s benchmark expression hosts no age statement. This 8-year expression can be found internationally — particularly in Japan — as an everyday drinker at an affordable price, yet is extremely hard to find in the U.S. Interested parties may have to hunt for this bourbon beauty, but it’s well worth it. Barley Barley wine Corn Mageu Pozol Tejuino Tesgüino Millet Oshikundu Tongba Rice Agkud Amazake Apo Beopju Brem Choujiu Chuak Dansul Gwaha-ju Hariya Makgeolli Mijiu Mirin Pangasi Rice wine Rượu cần Sake Sato Shaoxing wine Sonti Tapai Tapuy Rye Kvass Sorghum Pendhā Multiple grains Ale Ara Beer Boza Huangjiu SEE ALSO: Stagg Jr. Batch 15 Bourbon Release Proof, Price, & Review Stagg Jr. Bourbon Review & Whiskey Awards

George T. Stagg Bourbon (2020 Release) Whiskey - Master of Malt

Join the Whiskey Raiders Bottle of the Month Club, where you will receive hard-to-find bottles curated by Whiskey Raiders staff with a 90+ rating on whiskeyraiders.com plus live virtual tastings. Sign up here! As far as cask strength bourbons, Stagg Jr. and Booker’s are some of the more established products. Therefore, they are often times compared head-to-head. They are both high heat, uncut and unfiltered. Booker’s by Jim Beam is typically released 4 times per year, twice as much as the Buffalo Trace offering. Booker’s is aged 6 to 8 years, while its counterpart is made with 8 to 9-year juice. Booker’s proof is generally in the 121–130.6 range, whereas Baby Stagg has landed in the 126-134 range.

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Therefore, Stagg Jr. shares a lot of the same characteristics and ingredients of it’s older sibling, it’s just younger. In this instance, Baby Stagg is closer to the 9-year range, while George T Stagg is a 15-year bourbon. Best of Division (Whiskey) / Gold Medal (97 points) – Los Angeles International Spirits Competition SPECIAL AWARD - Best of Category/Division/Show Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

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Many whiskeys come across our desks each month, but the following whiskeys stood out from the crowd. Below is our list of the 11 best whiskeys we tasted in October, ranked from good to scary good. In December 2015, the 2015 release of George T. Stagg was named "#3 of Top 65 Five-Star Spirits of 2015" and awarded "5 Stars - Highest Recommendation" by F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal. The 2015 release of Stagg also won a Gold Medal in the "Best Non-Age Statement Bourbon" category of the 2016 World Whiskies Awards, sponsored by Whisky Magazine. Stagg Jr. batches have been released twice yearly since 2013. It is the younger statesmen of the iconic bourbon George T Stagg, which is part of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection.Due to the success of this limited edition bourbon, the distillery decided to broaden the Stagg JR Barrel Proof release.

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David Morrow is the Editor In Chief of Whiskey Raiders and has been with the company since September 2021.

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