George T. Stagg (2014)

George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Uncut/Unfiltered) needs no introduction.  We've previously discussed who Mr. George T. Stagg was in our review of George T. Stagg, Jr.  The 2014 release of GTS is 17 summers old, cask strength, and one of the most sought after whiskies in the world.   

George T. Stagg (2014)

Buffalo Trace Distillery
138.1 proof
$70 MSRP; $39/oz. at Bourbon, Columbia, SC

Color: Rich, deep, dark crimson.  Practically makes your mouth water just looking at it.  

Nose: Caramel, oak, nuts (from trees, not dudes), cinnamon.  You'd expect an ethanol burn from a 16+ year old, uncut/unfiltered 138.1 proof bourbon, but the nose does not blow you away.  It is deep and delicious, not overly hot and spicy.  

Tasting Notes: Pow!  Dark chocolate fudge, toffee, caramel and vanilla.  Hot cinnamon, cedar wood, dark fruits, light mint, tobacco and barrel char.  The deep oaky finish lingers as your mouth begs for more.  

Overall: A.  GTS is the king of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection.  In official photos of the BTAC, GTS is usually set off on his own.  This bourbon is a game changing, chest hair developing, ass kicking, name taking American bourbon whiskey.  It is...good.  Send me some and I'll trade you a daughter or 100 cows or something.

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