These tasting notes are for Stagg Jr, which is a whole different bourbon from its daddy – George T. Stagg Bourbon . We will be doing a whole different review on that later on.
Unlike its daddy, Stagg Jr. has a subtle nose that will take some work to appreciate. After letting it open up you will get some aloe on the nose, and the usual vanilla and honey. I noticed some fruit on the nose but cant pinpoint it. Cherry? Lets say cherry.
The first sip sent me to another world.
Stagg Jr. is warm and syrupy. It coats your tongue like melted butterscotch and goes down surprisingly smooth. There are peppery rye, sweet butterscotch, and red apple flavors up front, along with predictable alcohol if you are trying this neat. A few drops of water or a nice ice sphere is perfect if you want to unlock all the complex flavors this bourbon has to offer. Cloves and pepper, brown sugar and smoke, apple and butter all make Stagg Jr. both interesting and rewarding.