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Buffalo Trace Distillery
Stagg Junior 65%

Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 66
Primary Cask: First Fill New American Oak
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Tasted: May 2014
An intense and herbal. Sharp, spicy rye grains collide with the coffee/caramel corn. Hints of black pepper, vanilla and gritty tannins, but the over riding sensation is the young rye and alcohol! Quite dry with tar, menthol, diesel and did I mention the dry spice overload?

The palate opens with dark cola and treacle, followed by intense herbal rye. The alcohol holds the oak and fitness back which stops them adding some sweetness to balance the earthy, gritty, dark bitter chocolate dryness. The oily, herbal rye returns on the finish but the grainy coffee holds.

Water emphasises the youthfulness and green, herbal rye. Even the spices have a green-ness! The corn has exited stage left, although a touch of toasted caramel oak lingers just beneath the surface. The palate is a little softer, but its still very grainy and tannic. The herbal rye still cuts through with the big spices. It definitely has the power of the Stagg but not quite the complexity or the sweetness, but in saying that you have to love the rawness! (tasting note from the 67.2% release)



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