Stagg Jr. Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon (13th Edition), 64.2%
Price: $50 ● Issue: Summer 2020 ● Reviewer: Jeffery Lindenmuth
This kicks off with a bounty of dark fruit—dark berries, cherry cough drops, and currants—coupled with heaps of vanilla, mocha, and rich oaky notes. Big and brawny on the palate, it pours bold and viscous, the blueberry and blackberry fruit balanced with the sweet-bitter notes of burnt sugar and pipe tobacco. The flavors harmonize beautifully, culminating in a finish of dark jam, coffee, and semi-sweet chocolate.