This particular 2014, George T Stagg from the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is 16 years and 4 months old at 138.1 proof. There were 161 barrels selected for 2014 and 74.8% of the whiskey was lost to evaporation. This is a big and bold bourbon. Let’s see what this bottle has to offer…..
Nose: Incredible. Rich, creamy vanilla and caramel. Maple syrup. Fig/date. Old musty oak.
Palate: The palate tells you that this is a complex and refined bourbon. Big, spice up front, cinnamon. As it rolls down the tongue you are then greeted with a powerful hit of sweetness. Vanilla, brown sugar, caramel. Slight dry astringency.
Finish: Long. Rich deep sweetness and oak. That dark chocolate and oak stays with you. Just incredible. Begging you to go back for more.
Could fool me that this is an old barrel proof wheated bourbon. So rich and complex. I have tried the 2015 offering and prefer the 2014 just slightly more. Although the 2014 has had significant air time. Maybe that helped a little.
In general, it took me some time to learn how to tame this beast with the correct amount of water. I love cask strength whiskey, but this bourbon is on another level. Once you find the right level of water for you, it is an extremely enjoyable pour. One of the best I have ever had. Cheers!
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