As this limited release of barrel proof bourbon has grown in popularity, Buffalo Trace Distillery has quite obviously expanded it’s effort to put it in front of the eyes of bourbon fans. Stagg Jr. Batch 13 was the first Stagg Jr. release (ever) to launch with a press release from the Distillery. That strikes me as interesting, and makes me curious if we can expect to see the Stagg Jr. line continue to see improvements in quality. While topping Batch 12 won’t be easy, Buffalo Trace has proven they have the ability to not only make outstanding whiskey, but to make it disappear from shelves in an instant. Let’s see what they had to say about Batch 13 in the Press Release:
Kicking off the new year with a bang, Buffalo Trace Distillery has released the latest iteration in its Stagg Jr. franchise, with a proof of 128.4. The 13th release since the series started, this latest offering follows suit for all previous Stagg Jr. releases in that it is uncut, unfiltered, eight years old, and with a taste profile similar to its elder statesman, George T. Stagg.
Tasting notes describe this barrel proof whiskey as having 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 a long finish of toasted oak, dark chocolate, and cinnamon.
I’m an unrepentant fan of the whiskeys that roll out of Buffalo Trace Distillery (as I am of most American whiskey distilleries, frankly) and for me, Batch 12 was great. I had been talking about the delicious rich cherry vanilla notes with friends in Discord since I first got my paws on it in August 2019. The bar set by Batch 12 is high, but let’s grab a pour of lucky number 13 and see what this release is all about.