Stagg Jr: This Bourbon is Awesome

I’m going to jump right into this one.  This is one of my favorite whiskeys of all time.  Bottled at a powerful 134.4 proof, this is the bottle that is often available, while it’s older brother is a unicorn most of us have never seen.  I drank this 4 nights in a row and didn’t write anything because I was just enjoying it too much…. I’m ready for the review.

Nice dark amber color with rust hues.

The nose is strong heat as you would expect, but also chewy molasses cookies, melted brown sugar and butter (like the kind on top of sweet potatoes), cinnamon sticks, smokey charcoal briquets, salt water taffy and crushed white pepper.

The palate is has everything from the nose and more.  The most astounding part of this bourbon is the mouthfeel and the finish.  You want to keep this in your mouth for so much longer than any other whiskey because it just massages the tongue and works the flavor deeper into the taste buds.  The finish doesn’t stop, one minute, two minutes, three minutes… it keeps going.  Not just the heat, but the flavor continues as well.  It’s an experience.  It’s so hard to believe that it is 134.4 proof.

I know this is a bottle that is highly allocated and some stores are doubling the price, and most places don’t even have it… but this one is worth it.  They say the retail price is $49.99, but only once in Cape Cod did I see it even close to that, and I bought two at $54.99 when I saw it… usually it’s $69.99 at the minimum all the way up to $99.99.  Even if you have to pay up for it, remember it’s 134.4 proof, not one of those watered down 80 proof jobs…  This is a must own.  96/100.

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