In the fall of 2013, Buffalo Trace launched a brand new label called Stagg Jr. that would take barrels of Mashbill #1, aged from 5 to 9 years old and bottle them at barrel proof. Enthusiasts were starting to get into barrel proof offerings and this one looked to have all the right specs.
However, reviews of the first few batches found them to be hot and disjointed and made many people question whether or not they should waste their time and money to obtain future bottles.
Buffalo Trace worked quickly to remedy this and began to dial in the flavor and overall profile of subsequent batches. After Batch 4, drinkers noticed that Stagg Jr. began to have much more balance. This bottle of Stagg Jr. Batch 6 is the earliest batch of Stagg Jr. that I have tried at this point.
I hope to find out just how dialed in it is compared to recent batches. It also has the 2nd highest proof of all the batches that have came out up to Batch 16. Having such a high proof may have doomed the early batches, but in reality the brand has always been bottled in a relatively tight window of proofs ranging from 126.4 to 134.4. It likely had more to do with barrel selection than anything.
Batch 6’s are few and far between, so I’m eager to find out just how good (or bad) it is. I sampled this neat in a Glencairn.
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