Stagg Jr Bourbon Whiskey, was first announced in 2013, and with its junior designation it was expected to be a more widely available version of its counterpart released annually as part of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, George T. Stagg. Initially, some commented that it seemed closer to a barrel proof version of Buffalo Trace Bourbon than the original George T. Stagg. Yet, it quickly gained the attention of enthusiasts as it capitalized on the growing popularity of the Stagg name and barrel proof bourbons in general. Despite its explosive start and instant hard-to-find status, the initial batch was far from a home run.
It was not a George T. Stagg substitute or even a big boy version of Buffalo Trace Bourbon that everyone hoped it would be. Instead, it was too big, too bold, and too brash. In our review, Nick called it, “a hot mess” and “couldn’t find enjoyment with it.” Since its release in fall 2013, there have been 12 batches released to date and its age is believed to hover between 7-9 years old.
George T. Stagg built the most dominant American distillery of the 19th century, during a time known as the Gilded Age of Bourbon. Uncut and unfiltered, this robust bourbon whiskey ages for nearly a decade and boasts the bold character that is reminiscent of the man himself.
Stagg Jr. batches have been released twice yearly since 2013. It is the younger statesmen of the iconic bourbon George T Stagg, which is part of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. Due to the success of this limited edition bourbon, the distillery decided to broaden the Stagg JR Barrel Proof release.
Therefore, Stagg Jr. shares a lot of the same characteristics and ingredients of it’s older sibling, it’s just younger. In this instance, Baby Stagg is closer to the 9-year range, while George T Stagg is a 15-year bourbon.