Stagg Jr Release Info Batches

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Stagg Jr Release Info Batches

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    September 16, 2016 9:50 AM PDT

    Stagg Jr. Bourbon

    Releases

    Batch 7 – (Fall, 2016) – 130.0 Proof

    Batch 6 – (Spring, 2016) – 132.5 Proof

    Batch 5 – (Fall, 2015) – 129.7 Proof

    Batch 4 – (Spring, 2015) – 132.2 Proof

    Batch 3 – (Fall, 2014) – 132.1 Proof

    Batch 2 – (Spring, 2014) – 128.7 Proof

    Batch 1 – (Fall, 2013) – 134.4 Proof

    STAGGjr_0Stagg Jr. is a limited edition barrel proof bourbon much like the George T Stagg version included in the Bufalo Trace Antique Collection.  Buffalo Trace released the first Stagg Jr. in Aug, 2013 and has released approximately two batches every year since.  Each batch is blended from bourbons that are roughly 8 or 9 years old and released at a high unique barrel proof.  We use those proof numbers to identify specific batches.

    When Stagg Jr. was first opened, it didn’t receive a very warm welcome as many prominent reviewers thought it was too “alcohol forward” and downgraded Stagg Jr. to a “Pass” and dismissed it as a failed version of George T Stagg. While this negative opinion still exists among some whiskey circles leaving the bottle open for day, recorking it and letting it sit for 2 weeks yields tremenodous results.  Many bourbon experts and enthusiasts switched camps after the 3rd batch and now consider this to be a well-executed barrel strength offering. Newer batches typically receive high ratings and sell out relatively quickly.

    The availability of Stagg Jr. varies widely by region.  It rarely sits for days in most areas.  Even with regional variation, it’s very rare to find bottles on shelves that are older than the most recent batch. 

    Buffalo Trace's Description: Just like George T. Stagg Bourbon, this whiskey is not filtered and offers all the rich and complex flavors of bourbon right from the barrel. Bottles of Stagg Jr. will be limited, but several batches each year are planned. This new Stagg Jr. offering will not affect the stock of barrels already set aside for future George T. Stagg releases.

    Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley describes that taste as, “rich, sweet, chocolate and brown sugar flavors mingled in perfect balance with a bold, rye spiciness. The boundless finish lingers with hints of cherries, cloves and smokiness.”

    Producer:  Buffalo Trace
    Release Category: Limited-Edition, Allocated
    Release Frequency: Approx. 2 batches per year
    Release Season:  Spring / Fall
    Release Volume:  Unknown but limited
    Release Region: Wide release
    Sell Out Timeframe:  Up to a few months (varies by region)
    Bottle Size:  750ml
    Nicknames:  Baby Stagg, SJR, Stagg Jr + proof (ex: Stagg Jr 132.2)
    Avg. Price Retail:  $59
    Avg. Price Among Whiskey Traders:  $65+ (early batches more valuable)
    Avg. Price on Secondary Market:  $75+ (early batches more valuable)
    Production Codes: DSP-KY-113, DSP-CA-63, DSP-MD-11, DSP-KY-12, DSP-KY-24
    Mash Bill: BT Mash Bill #1 (low-rye)

    Releases

    Batch 6 – (Fall, 2016) – 132.5 Proof
    Batch 5 – (Fall, 2015) – 129.7 Proof
    Batch 4 – (Spring, 2015) – 132.2 Proof
    Batch 3 – (Fall, 2014) – 132.1 Proof
    Batch 2 – (Spring, 2014) – 128.7 Proof
    Batch 1 – (Fall, 2013) – 134.4 Proof


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