Review #269: Stagg Jr Batch 12

Stagg Jr is the younger brother to the legendary George T Stagg and become increasingly hard to find. Batch 12 is particular got a lot of hype as potentially being better than the low proof GTs release that year. Personally I preferred the ‘19 GTS but Jr is no slouch so let’s get to the review.


Review #269: Stagg Jr Batch 12

Age: NAS

Abv: 132.3 proof

Price: $55

Neat - rested ~5 minutes

Nose: Bold with cherries and heat with baking spice and cola notes under the heat.

Taste: Big rye spice and caramel with cherries, vanilla, oak and a hint of citrus coming in as it goes. Excellent mouthfeel.

Finish: Long slightly dry finish with cherry syrup, holiday spice and lightly tannic oak notes.


The flavors are great here even it’s a little hot especially on the nose. I usually add a few drops of water to Stagg JR and honestly might prefer this out of a rocks glass to mellow the nose out a bit. Stagg Jr is still a got to for me on barrel proof bourbon and this batch was no exception. I am not in a hurry to grab another bottle of this specific batch but I’ll be keeping an eye out for a new one.

Also I am uncertain on the citrus note but there was something a little tart or maybe acidic toward the end and that was the closest thing I could come up with.


TL;DR: I love Stagg Jr and this was a great batch!

8 - an excellent bottle I’d like to have at home

Great - A great deal, I’d buy it again

I also blinded this with ‘19 GTS and ‘19 EHT BP on Instagram.



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