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Every Stagg Jr. Bourbon Batch Reviewed [2021]

Last updated Jan 13, 2021 | Published on Dec 20, 2020

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by Matty Sims

Stagg Jr Barrel Proof Bourbon
Stagg Jr Barrel Proof BourbonDetails
MashbillBT Mashbill #1 Low Rye
Off the StillUnknown
Barrel EntryUnknown
In the BottleVaries by Batch
ABVVaries by Batch
Char LevelLevel 4 (55 seconds) or Alligator Char
Distilled and AgedFrankfurt, KY
AgeBlend of 8 to 9-years-old
StyleNon-Chill Filtered, Barrel Proof, Small Batch
Release DateSpring and Fall
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$59.99
DistilleryBuffalo Trace Distillery
113 Great Buffalo Trace
Frankfort, KY 40601
ProsJam Packed with Flavor
ConsHard to Find
AvailabilityNational Distribution
InventoryKeep Stocked

Stagg Jr. bourbon is a barrel proof whiskey from Buffalo Trace’s mashbill #1, low-rye (less than 10 percent), that’s also used for Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor among others. It’s the younger version of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection’s George T. Stagg (GTS). Stagg Jr. is usually a blend of 8 to 9-year-old bourbons, whereas as GTS is usually 12 years plus. The initial batch was released in 2013 and Buffalo Trace Distillery has released two batches every year since then. The batches are not on the bottle, so the key to identifying each batch is the proof since each release has a unique proof.

At its initial release, Stagg Jr. was considered by some a shelf turd because of the higher proof and alcohol forward profile. However, as the bourbon boom has continued many bourbon enthusiasts are chasing high proof bourbons, and it didn’t take long for bourbon lovers to come around to Stagg Jr. Like many high proof bourbons, opening the bottle to let it breathe for a few weeks with the cork slightly loosened and most of that alcohol will have dissipated. Also, it comes down to training your palate to endure higher proof bourbons.

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Every Stagg Jr. Bourbon Batch Release and Proof

Stagg Jr. BourbonBelow you will find every Stagg Jr. Bourbon Batch release and proof:

BatchSeasonProof
Batch 17Fall 2021Coming Soon
Batch 16Spring 2021Coming Soon
Batch 15Winter 2020131.1 Proof
Batch 14Spring 2020130.2 Proof
Batch 13Fall 2019128.4 Proof
Batch 12Summer 2019132.3 Proof
Batch 11Winter 2018127.9 Proof
Batch 10Spring 2018126.4 Proof
Batch 9Fall 2017131.9 Proof
Batch 8Spring 2017129.5 Proof
Batch 7Fall 2016130.0 Proof
Batch 6Spring 2016132.5 Proof
Batch 5Fall 2015129.7 Proof
Batch 4Spring 2015132.2 Proof
Batch 3Fall 2014132.1 Proof
Batch 2Spring 2014128.7 Proof
Batch 1Fall 2013134.4 Proof

Stagg Jr. Bourbon Batch 15

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Stagg Jr. Bourbon Batch 14

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Stagg Jr. Bourbon Batch 13

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Stagg Jr. Bourbon Batch 12

It’s got great viscosity with thick ribbons rolling down the curves of my glass

Nose – 96 out of 100 Points

The nose is rich, cooked down red berries and cherry with a savory back spice and maple syrup backdrop. It’s not overpowering or unpleasant but it reminds you it’s high proof.

Taste – 95 out of 100 Points

Batch 12 is a flavor supernova. It’s like drinking a star that explodes in your palate with more luxurious red fruits (but not cloying sweet), dark caramel, vanilla soaked charred oak, and baking spice as it winds down. There’s heat but it enhances the flavor.

Finish – 95 out of 100 Points

The finish was cross country road trip long with a pop of bright and bitter citrus peel, subtle cherries, and the major star is charred cinnamon and vanilla soaked oak.

Verdict – Gold 95 out of 100 Points

The first opportunity to try Batch 12 was only a few days after passing on a bottle. Late Nov/early Dev is a Game of Russian roulette for bourbon lovers. I’m left saying no or maybe let me get back to you on good whiskeys as I have lots of brands in the fire. Sadly, this was a bad call. I passed. Tried it a few days later. It blew my socks off. Went back for it. Gone. Just a couple of weeks later I found Batch 13 which was solid but missed that extra oomph that Batch 12 had.

Stagg Jr. Bourbon Batches 9 through 13

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Stagg Jr. Bourbon Batch 8

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Stagg Jr. Bourbon Batch 7

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Stagg Jr. Bourbon Batch 6

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Stagg Jr. Bourbon Batch 5

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Stagg Jr. Bourbon Batch 4

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Stagg Jr. Bourbon Batch 3

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Stagg Jr. Bourbon Batch 2

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Stagg Jr. Bourbon Batch 1

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Stagg Jr.: Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a bottle of Stagg Jr?

The suggested MSRP is $59.99 but you’re more likely to see it listed around $100. Anything more than $100 and I’d pass. Get in a good local bourbon group. Share what you have and ask for help after you’ve helped.

Is Stagg Jr hard to get?

You might also be asking, “Is Stagg Jr. rare?” Stagg Jr. is an allocated item and so can be hard to find.

Is Stagg Jr worth it?

Stagg Jr. is worth it at the right price. You have to determine what that price is for you. At $59.99, I’m buying at least two when I see it.

How often is Stagg Jr released?

Buffalo Trace Distillery releases two batches every year — usually in the spring and fall.

What’s the difference between Stagg and Stagg Jr?

Stagg Jr. is younger typically than George T. Stagg (GTS). Otherwise, they are both barrel proof, unfiltered, and the same mashbill. Stagg Jr. is usually a blend of 8 to 9-year-old bourbon. GTS is usually 12-years-old.

Every George T. Stagg Reviewed [2021]

What is the best Stagg Jr batch?

That’s a tough call. In recent memory, I loved Stagg Jr batch 12.

How old is Stagg Jr?

Stagg Jr. is a blend of 8 to 9-year-old barrels.

What proof is Stagg Jr Batch 14?

Stagg Jr. Batch 14 was 130.2 proof.

What mashbill is Stagg Jr?

Stagg Jr. is the Buffalo Trace mashbill #1 — low rye (less than 10 percent).

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What proof is Stagg Jr?

The Stagg Jr. proof varies by batch, but it’s usually in the 120 to 130 proof range.

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is the Editor-in-Chief at a digital media company. LeAnn (his wife) and his daughters Claire, Maddy, and Adele along with a brand new pup Booker live in Taylors, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys cracking a well-aged bottle of bourbon with friends and sharing stories, or cracking one of his favorite daily sippers on the back porch while the pup and his kids play in the backyard. He is a storyteller at heart, and Bourbon has deep roots in storytelling.

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