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A 1 liter bottle of George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

George T. Stagg

Straight out of the Barrel

George T. Stagg is iconic, uncut, and unfiltered.

Black and white bottles of Stagg Jr. and George T. Stagg bourbon on barrel

Distinguished by Reputation

George T. Stagg is one of our legendary craftsmen and he was instrumental in establishing the strong foundations of our world famous Buffalo Trace Distillery. Winner of the world’s best bourbon whiskey, the Stagg bourbons are robust and intense. They have the bold character that is a reminder of the man himself.  Reliable and no-nonsense, that is Stagg.

A 1 liter bottle of George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon Whiskey

George T. Stagg

This extremely hearty whiskey is aged 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. It  comes alive even more when you open it up with a few drops of water. This fine bourbon is a distinguished member of Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Antique Collection and winner of Jim Murray’s World Whiskey of the Year.

 

Tasting Notes

Lush toffee sweetness and dark chocolate with hints of vanilla, fudge, nougat and molasses. Underlying notes of dates, tobacco, dark berries, spearmint and a hint of coffee round out the palate.

 

Stagg Jr.

Bourbon Whiskey

George T. Stagg Jr.

With a taste profile similar to the elder George T. Stagg, Stagg Jr. is also barrel proof, uncut and unfiltered, but aged in charred white oak barrels for eight years. A favorite of whiskey reviewers, it has won five double gold medals, 12 gold medals, and many other accolades.

 

Tasting Notes

This barrel proof whiskey has a nose with loads of dark cherries, followed by honey.  On the palate, there are flavors of cream caramel mocha followed by cherries, giving it a full-bodied mouthfeel. The finish is described as extended toasted oak, dark chocolate, and cinnamon.

 

  • World class chefs have helped us with food pairings for our finest bourbons. Enjoy this example of a dinner celebrating George T. Stagg:  Duck confit, smoked maitake mushrooms, fried kabocha squash, radicchio, blackberries and a sorghum bourbon vinaigrette and for dessert, chess pie with Old Bay meringue and miso caramel.

  • George T. Stagg was born December 19, 1835, in Garrard County, Kentucky. In November 1861 he enlisted in the Union Army during the U. S. Civil War when he received a field commission to first lieutenant in January 1862 and a promotion to Captain a year later. 

    When the Civil War ended, Stagg moved with his growing family to St. Louis, Missouri, where he worked as a whiskey salesman in St. Louis. As a salesman Stagg purchased barrels of O.F.C. and slowly grew his relationship with the bourbon icon E.H. Taylor, Jr. When Taylor hit financial hardships, Stagg used this as an opportunity to move from selling whiskey to making it and purchased the O.F.C. Distillery. Stagg & Taylor formed E.H. Taylor, Jr. & Co. with Stagg as the President. Together they built the most dominant American distillery of the 19th century, now known as Buffalo Trace Distillery. A leading industry expert at the time declared the Distillery “one plus ultra of its class,” the best of the best.

    After conflicting ideals over their vision of the Distillery, Taylor separated himself from O.F.C. moving onto other projects while Stagg’s salesmanship and financial acumen helped build the Distillery into one of the world’s leading bourbon producers. In honor of this achievement, the Distillery was rechristened in 1900 to bear Stagg’s name.

    Today, Buffalo Trace Distillery strives to carry on the tradition of innovation and excellence of one of its famous forefathers. In 2000, the Distillery was honored with the prestigious “Distillery of the Year” designation by Whisky Advocate, the first American distillery to win this award. Since 2000, Buffalo Trace Distillery has won multiple other Distillery of the Year titles, each a testament to Stagg’s efforts and the foundation that he built nearly 150 years ago.

  • George T. Stagg is a part of the rare and exclusive Legacy de Forge collection.

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George T. Stagg

"Amazing, yet again."  

5 stars Highest Recommendation        

F. Paul Pacult Spirit Journal

 

"One of the whiskeys of the year, easily.”

Jim Murray's Whisky Bible

 

“George T. Stagg Bourbon is rich and full across the senses with a great balance existing across the entire whiskey. It’s bold yet elegant in its delivery and even though it’s knocking on the door of 140 proof it’s very easy to drink. It’s something I can’t help but love.”

– Josh Peters, The Whiskey Jug

Stagg Jr.

“ … snuggle in with a bottle of lil’ old Stagg Jr. It’s a little younger (and a lot easier to find) than its more grown-up sibling, but Stagg Jr. still offers that irresistible combination of big spice and high proof. Great for cutting the chill.”

Margarett Waterbury, The Whiskey Wash

George T. Stagg, Winner of Over 85 Awards

2020 Double Gold Medal

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

2020 Silver Medal

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

2019 Gold Medal

New York World Spirits Competition

2019 Gold Medal

Los Angeles International Spirits Competition

2019 Chairman's Trophy - 98 points

Ultimate Spirits Challenge

2019 Gold Medal

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

2019 Gold Medal

Whiskies of the World