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Every George T. Stagg Reviewed [2021]

Last updated Mar 21, 2021

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by Matty Sims

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George T. Stagg is an uncut, unfiltered Kentucky straight bourbon that always packs a flavor punch with every pour. It uses the Buffalo Trace mashbill #1 along with Stagg Jr., Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, and Colonel E.H. Taylor. This mash includes Kentucky Corn, Minnesota Rye, and North Dakota Malted Barley at undisclosed percentages.

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George T. Stagg Analysis

George T. Stagg Uncut, Unfiltered Bourbon Review

George T. Stagg (BTAC) Facts
GTS DetailsFacts
Mashbill
Large GrainKentucky Corn: Distillers Grade 1 and 2
Small GrainMinnesota Rye
Finish GrainNorth Dakota Malted Barley
Fermentation
Milling Screen#10
Cook Temp240 Degrees Fahrenheit
WaterKY Limestone with Reverse Osmosis
FermentationCarbon Steel/Black Iron Fermenter
MashSour
Distillation
DistillationDouble Distilled
Beer Still and Doubler
Off the Still135 Proof
In the Barrel125 Proof
In the BottleVaries by Year
BarrelNew, White Oak
#4 Alligator Char (55 Seconds)
Barrel MakerIndependent Stave Co
712 East Main
Lebanon, KY 40033
Barrel Size53 Liquid Gallons
66.25 Original Proof Gallons
FiltrationNon-Chill Filtered (NCF)


George T. Stagg 2020 Review

George T. Stagg

George T. Stagg (BTAC) 2020
YearAverage2020
Evaporation Loss58.59%59.00%
WarehouseWarehouses L, K, & Q
Floors1st, 2nd, and 9th Floors
# of Barrels131.47N/A
Age15.9915.4
Proof136.20130.4
Proof +/--5.8

George T. Stagg’s 2020 release is a dark color in the glass with great glass coverage and long ribbons of oily bourbon.

Nose – 93 out of 100 Points

The GTS presents with caramel and cinnamon plus charred oak undertones, burnt brown sugar, and fresh fall fruits. It’s a bold and bright nose if there ever was one.

Taste – 95 out of 100 Points

More of that signature GTS sweet heat. The initial burst of flavor is beautiful vanilla and reduced caramel balanced with warming baking spice, leather, and stewed fruits.

Finish – 96 out of 100 Points

This finish is Floyd Mayweather. It’s gonna go all 12 rounds filled with complexity. More of the sweet vanilla and caramel followed up by charred cinnamon, cocoa, and espresso.

Verdict – Gold 94.6 out of 100 Points

GTS 2020 was a bourbon that just kept getting better through the drinking experience.

George T. Stagg 2019 Review

George T. Stagg (BTAC) 2019
YearAverage2019
Evaporation Loss58.59%56.00%
WarehouseWarehouses C, H, K, Q, & I
Floors1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Floors
# of Barrels131.47N/A
Age15.9915.3
Proof136.20116.9
Proof +/--19.3

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George T. Stagg 2018 Review

George T. Stagg (BTAC) 2018
YearAverage2018
Evaporation Loss58.59%51.15%
WarehouseWarehouses C, H, I, K, P, & Q
Floors1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Floors
# of Barrels131.47284
Age15.9915.4
Proof136.20124.9
Proof +/--11.3

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George T. Stagg 2017 Review

George T. Stagg (BTAC) 2017
YearAverage2017
Evaporation Loss58.59%54.03%
WarehouseWarehouses C, K, M, & Q
Floors1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 6th Floors
# of Barrels131.47309
Age15.9915.3
Proof136.20129.2
Proof +/--7

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George T. Stagg 2016 Review

George T. Stagg (BTAC) 2016
YearAverage2016
Evaporation Loss58.59%75.99%
WarehouseWarehouses M, N, H, L & K
Floors1st, 2nd, and 3rd Floors
# of Barrels131.47142
Age15.9915.4
Proof136.20144.1
Proof +/-7.9

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George T. Stagg 2015 Review

George T. Stagg (BTAC) 2015
YearAverage2015
Evaporation Loss58.59%84.46%
WarehouseWarehouses C, H, I, L, M, H, Q, & K
Floors1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th Floors
# of Barrels131.47128
Age15.9915.1
Proof136.20138.2
Proof +/-2

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George T. Stagg 2014 Review

George T. Stagg (BTAC) 2014
YearAverage2014
Evaporation Loss58.59%74.81%
WarehouseWarehouses C, H, I, K, L, P, & Q
Floors1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th Floors
# of Barrels131.47161
Age15.9916.4
Proof136.20138.1
Proof +/-1.9

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George T. Stagg 2013 Review

George T. Stagg (BTAC) 2013
YearAverage2013
Evaporation Loss58.59%73.34%
WarehouseWarehouses I, K, & Q
Floors1st, 2nd, 4th, and 8th Floors
# of Barrels131.47157
Age15.9915.11
Proof136.20128.2
Proof +/--8

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George T. Stagg 2012 Review

George T. Stagg 2012

George T. Stagg (BTAC) 2012
YearAverage2012
Evaporation Loss58.59%53.69%
WarehouseWarehouses L, H, I, & K
Floors1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Floors
# of Barrels131.47118
Age15.9916.9
Proof136.20142.8
Proof +/-6.6

This bourbon has got legs. It completely coated my glass. I’m looking forward to the mouthfeel.

Nose – 94 out of 100 Points

Dark stewed red fruit, rich caramel, hints of baking spice with a tinge of alcohol

Taste – 96 out of 100 Points

The red fruit carries through the palate with Szechuan peppercorn spice. It’s a beautiful balance of sweetness and heat. It reminds me of eating Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos. I also get cinnamon and baking spice rounding out the mid-palate and black pepper at top of the palate.

Finish – 99 out of 100 Points

That’s an all-time finish. All the flavors from the palate carry through to the finish and it just sits in your throat but it’s all fire and spice. The sweet balances it out perfectly.

Verdict – Gold 96.3 out of 100 Points

Grateful for a great local bourbon group that shares even the hard to get bourbons. It’s the only way I get the chance to taste such phenomenal bourbons like this George T. Stagg hazmat from 2012. I love sweet fruit notes in my bourbon so this had all the flavors I loved. And although there was heat it was perfectly balanced. It didn’t overwhelm my palmate. Make bourbon friends. Share your best bourbons. Cheers.

George T. Stagg 2011

George T. Stagg (BTAC) 2011
YearAverage2011
Evaporation Loss58.59%57.83%
WarehouseWarehouses H, I, & K
Floors1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 8th Floors
# of Barrels131.47124
Age15.9918.5
Proof136.20142.6
Proof +/-6.4

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George T. Stagg 2010 Review

George T. Stagg 2010

George T. Stagg (BTAC) 2010
YearAverage2010
Evaporation Loss58.59%48.43%
WarehouseWarehouses H, I, K, & L
Floors1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, and 9th Floors
# of Barrels131.47142
Age15.9917.7
Proof136.20143
Proof +/-6.8

First of all, any time someone decides to share something like this with you, they deserve a major shoutout, so thank you to my bud Pi for pouring me a glass. It was no small treat. The second note is this is what they call a hazmat bourbon with the proof going north of 140. However, it didn’t drink like a 143er.

Nose – 98 out of 100 Points

The nose smells like creamy vanilla and cherry oatmeal drizzled in chocolate. I also get a wonderful charred oak note.

Tasted – 99 out of 100 Points

The mouthfeel is creamy with vanilla pudding notes, charred brown sugar and oak with milk chocolate. The back of the palate does bring the heat but it’s pleasant and highlights flavor.

Finish – 98 out of 100 Points

The finish is the long end of the stick with more charred oak and vanilla buttressed by black coffee and reduced cane sugar.

Verdict – Platinum 98.3 out of 100 Points

George T. Stagg 2009 Reviewed

George T. Stagg (BTAC) 2009
YearAverage2009
Evaporation Loss58.59%49.81%
WarehouseWarehouse K
Floors1s and 3rd Floors
# of Barrels131.47109
Age15.9916.7
Proof136.20141.4
Proof +/-5.2

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George T. Stagg 2008 Reviewed

George T. Stagg (BTAC) 2008
YearAverage2008
Evaporation Loss58.59%50.07%
WarehouseWarehouse I & K
Floors1st, 3rd, and 5th Floors
# of Barrels131.4783
Age15.9915.6
Proof136.20141.8
Proof +/-5.6

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George T. Stagg 2007 Reviewed

George T. Stagg (BTAC) 2007
YearAverage2007
Evaporation Loss58.59%45.23%
WarehouseWarehouse I
Floors1st Floor
# of Barrels131.4794
Age15.9915.6
Proof136.20144.8
Proof +/-8.6

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George T. Stagg 2006 Reviewed

George T. Stagg (BTAC) 2006
YearAverage2006
Evaporation Loss58.59%57.57%
WarehouseWarehouse I
Floors8th Floor
# of Barrels131.4789
Age15.9916.3
Proof136.20140.6
Proof +/-4.4

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George T. Stagg 2005 Reviewed

George T. Stagg (BTAC) 2005
YearAverageSpring 2005 (KY Only)Spring 2005 (Nationwide)Fall 2005
Evaporation Loss58.59%54.98%54.98%58.59%
WarehouseWarehouse QWarehouse QWarehouse I
Floors2nd and 4th Floors2nd and 4th Floors2nd, 4th, and 8th Floors
# of Barrels131.47808095
Age15.9916.816.815.4
Proof136.20130.9131.8141.2
Proof +/--5.3-4.45

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George T. Stagg 2004 Reviewed

George T. Stagg (BTAC) 2004
YearAverage2004
Evaporation Loss58.59%53.18%
WarehouseWarehouse Q
FloorsN/A
# of Barrels131.4740
Age15.9916
Proof136.20129
Proof +/--7.2

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George T. Stagg 2003 Reviewed

George T. Stagg (BTAC) 2003
YearAverage2003
Evaporation Loss58.59%N/A
WarehouseN/A
FloorsN/A
# of Barrels131.47N/A
Age15.9915
Proof136.20142.7
Proof +/-6.5

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George T. Stagg 2002 Reviewed

George T. Stagg (BTAC) 2002
YearAverage2002
Evaporation Loss58.59%N/A
WarehouseN/A
FloorsN/A
# of Barrels131.47N/A
Age15.9915
Proof136.20137.6
Proof +/-1.4

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