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Stagg Jr Release Info Batches

    • 195 posts
    November 30, 2023 9:40 AM PST

    Every Stagg Jr Releases and Batch Numbers (complete list rated)by

    Batch 23B - (Winter, 2023)  - 127.8 proof 

    Batch 23A - (May, 2023)   - 130.2 proof (old batch #20)

    Batch 22B - (Winter, 2022) - 130 proof (old batch #19)

    Batch 18 - (Winter, 2022) - 131 proof

    Batch 17 - (Winter, 2021) - 128.7 proof  (Last release to have "Jr" incuded)

    Batch 16 - (Summer, 2021) - 130.9 proof

    Batch 15 - (Winter, 2020) - 131.1 proof 

    Batch 14 - (Spring, 2020) - 130.2 proof 

    Batch 13 - (Fall, 2019) - 128.4 proof

    Batch 12 - (Summer, 2019) - 132.3 proof 

    Batch 11 – (Winter, 2018) – 127.9 Proof

    Batch 10 – (Spring, 2018) – 126.4 Proof

    Batch 9 – (Fall, 2017) – 131.9 Proof

    Batch 8 – (Spring, 2017) – 129.5 Proof

    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

    Stagg Jr.Stagg 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:  Stagg, Baby Stagg, SJR, Stagg Jr + proof (ex: Stagg Jr 132.2)
    Avg. Price Retail:  $79
    Avg. Price Among Whiskey Traders:  $280+ (highly rated batches more valuable)
    Avg. Price on Secondary Market:  $280+ (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)


    Stagg Jr batches are now known as Stagg. Buffalo Trace introduced this switch in branding the bourbon in late 2021. Batch 17 (128.7 proof) was the last version to have the "Jr" in the Stagg branded product.  It also appears that Buffalo Trace is now changing the release to have a batch number included in the release. As of 2022 the traditional batch 19 is now known as batch 22B for the year "2022" and the "B" 2nd  release that year. 


    This post was edited by admin at November 29, 2023 7:11 PM PST
    • 195 posts
    May 14, 2020 1:22 PM PDT

    Stagg Jr Reviews for each batch:

    Stagg Jr Batch 9 (131.9 proof) Review

    Stagg Batch 18 (131 proof)  2022 Review


    This post was edited by admin at June 16, 2023 8:14 AM PDT
    • 195 posts
    June 8, 2021 4:55 PM PDT

    Stagg Jr Batch 16 just released in June 2021.  The proof has been confirmed at 130.9 proof.  

    • 2 posts
    November 5, 2021 1:52 PM PDT

    Does anyone know the story of the "new" 128.7 that hit Iowa this past week? It's the same proof as batch 2 with a 2021 date code. Mistake?


    This post was edited by Gene Arnold at November 5, 2021 3:02 PM PDT
    • 1 posts
    December 12, 2021 9:20 AM PST

    Gene this is actually B17 which has the same proof as B2.  This will be the last bottle of the brand to have the "Jr" on it as they move to just "Stagg".  

    • 2 posts
    August 11, 2023 12:16 PM PDT
    Anyone know what the highest Stagg barrell pick proof has been to date? Thanks!
    • 195 posts
    August 12, 2023 10:23 AM PDT

    The highest proof (info from member MS) was as 144.2 proof single barrel selection from Spec's. 


    This post was edited by admin at August 12, 2023 1:34 PM PDT
    • 2 posts
    August 12, 2023 4:39 PM PDT
    Thank you Admin!