Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Many of the George T. Stagg bottlings exceed 70% alcohol, which earns them the nickname "Hazmat" -- most notably, you can't take stuff like this on commercial airliners.
At this alcohol content, I can’t imagine this is intended to be drank or even nosed like this. Attempting it is fun, especially to feel deliciousness evaporating off tongue… except for the somewhat scorching alcohol immediately following. Water turns this into a tasty bourbon, oaky yummy bourbony fun. On the rocks it turns to magic -- these Staggs are the only thing that I wholeheartedly insist should be drank that way.
Nose: Imagine the nose on a great bourbon. Amplify it.
Palate: Hot and hot. Delicious full flavor attack. Hints of vanilla, hazelnut, and drying wood stain. Finish is very gasoliney.
Note: This ranks only second to the PC5 scotch in ability to kill gum pain after a trip to the dentist.
ROCKS TASTING NOTES:
I was very tentative to waste good booze with ice, especially considering that it was reviewed by Mr. Herz, who has a far more delicate palate than I. Magic... dunno. Change... hell yes and its not bad either. CREAMY, wow. Caramal, faint orange. Can't believe I'm saying this but TRY IT.