Has anyone seen the new Buffalo Trace Stagg Jr. release around DC/MD/VA? I haven't seen a bottle in person myself, the product was added to the MoCo liquor control inventory site but listed as out of stock. Thanks
you will not be impressed if you are hoping that it is even CLOSE to Stagg.
I love Stagg, and I love a lot of the Buffalo Trace bourbons and Ryes, but this is NOT even close to its big daddy.
did you find it?
(I found it in RI about 6 weeks before it hit the shelves in MAss, where I live now.)
yea, I got a bottle, at msrp ($50), though I saw it on shelf for $99 the day a local DC shop got the real Stagg (they sold the Stagg Jr eal quick, really smart move even if way over-priced, everyone who came in and missed out on Stagg must've taken the consolation prize)
I have tried the Stagg Jr, had realistic expectations due to internet chatter to try & treat it as a barrel proof buffalo trace & ignore the horns. I liked it, but I wouldn't buy it again. It really can't compete with Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (doesn't help that the ECBP cost me $30/bottle, sometimes county controlled liquor stores are a good thing).
I'd put Stagg JR a notch above the Knob Creek 120 proof, some more complexity, but almost 2x the price.
funny stuff. having finally had Larceny I'll take that over maker's, which is strictly an airport bourbon for me. I admit to liking Knob Creek (for $25 on sale), at least at the higher proof, but it is not a stand out.
the one beam I really enjoy is Booker's (depending on the barrel, and then the bottle really needs to be open for a couple of months to hit the sweet spot)