George T. Stagg Review

A small bottle of George T Stagg
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So here it is, review number 4 for the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection on WhiskeyBon and as a huge George T. Stagg fan, the one I was most excited about, even though I was pretty sure the Weller would be the one I enjoyed the most there is just something about Stagg I love. I think it’s just very unashamedly brash and bold.

If you love good old Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey you will want to give this a read for sure.

About the Distillery

Back in the days of the Wild West, when pioneers and explorers opened new frontiers, some followed an old buffalo trail that led them to the Kentucky River’s banks. The town of Frankfort was born, the home of the Buffalo Trace Distillery, and destined to become Kentucky’s capital city.

Claiming to be the oldest operating distillery in the U.S., a fact attested to by the Guinness Book of Records, Buffalo Trace is still a family-owned business. The original distillery was built in 1812. In 1886, they installed America’s first climate-controlled warehouse dedicated to the aging of whisky.

The original distillery building was burnt to the ground in 1882. During recent renovations, its foundations were discovered and can now be seen by visitors touring the site.

Apart from its celebrated range of exceptional bourbons, Buffalo Trace is also famous for being allowed to remain operational during the era of Prohibition for medicinal purposes.

It also has a special place in my heart because it was the bourbon that really made me love bourbon. I had tried a few before but I went on holiday with a friend of mine and he brought some George T. Stagg. I took my first sip and the flavor hit me like a hammer in the taste buds and I have never forgotten that first taste!

Did it live up to expectation? Find out by having a read of my review of the George T. Stagg.

Whiskey Info

On the website:

“This extremely hearty whiskey ages in new charred oak barrels for no less than 15 years.  Straight out of the barrel, uncut and unfiltered, the taste is powerful, flavorful and intense. Open it up with a few drops of water, sit back and ponder the wonders of the universe.”

Distiller: Buffalo Trace

ABV: 64.6%

Proof: 129.2 proof

Age: 15 Years Old

Release Year: 2017

Mash Bill: Unknown

Tasting Notes


Cherries and cinnamon up front, with only the slightest ethanol burn. Some fruity raspberry and strawberry jam notes, caramel and a hint of vanilla.


Hit’s you hard as any good GTS should but is subtler than others I have tried. Lovely waves of caramel followed by brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Toffee apples, cloves and tannins. I love it as usual.


Spicy with cinnamon, some dark fruits, creamy fudge and chocolate chips. Keeps coming back for more.


It is an easier going Stagg that some of the other releases in recent years but that is not necessarily a bad thing, it certainly isn’t the lowest proof in the series and it still packs a big punch.  It has real character and kind of fizzes on your tongue as you drink it. I think it is not quite as good as the 2015 or 2016 but it is still an amazing whiskey and I love to get a bottle of it but as with the rest of the BTAC collection, that is not going to happen (sobs).

It is a beastly drink and thoroughly enjoyable, for me it is second only to the mighty W. L. Weller for the 2017 BTAC collection.

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George T. Stagg Rating