Discover the differences between Stagg Jr. vs Weller Antique 107 in this in-depth comparison and decide which Bourbon is better for You!
|Nose||Vanilla, cherry pie|
|Palate||Cherry, cinnamon, baking spice, caramel, pecan|
|Finish||Oak, cinnamon and brown sugar|
|Alcohol content||130 proof (65% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water|
|Similar to||Elmer T. Lee, E.H. Taylor, Blanton’s|
The nose has a strong vanilla and cherry pie aroma that you can smell from across the room.
On the palate, Stagg Jr. has a thick and chewy texture and is strong and warm up-front. Once you let it develop it’s rich in cherry, cinnamon and baking spice with a touch of pecan.
The finish is warming but not harsh, rich in oak, with lingering fine spice hints and brown sugar.
Stagg Jr is incredibly tasty, bold and rich although it has a fair amount of heat but well restrained for something bottled at such high proof.
This is a one of a kind bourbon for the brave with a penchant for strong and full of character spirits.
If you feel the burn add a large ice ball and that will tune it down a beat while releasing additional sweetness and wood.
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There are a few facts worth knowing about the Stagg Jr.
- Typically aged from 8 to 9 years.
- This bourbon is uncut and unfiltered.
- The distiller releases two batches annually.
- This bourbon is called Stagg Jr as it’s the less mature version of George T. Stagg.
Weller Antique 107
|Nose||Caramel, vanilla, cinnamon|
|Palate||Caramel, vanilla, tobacco, cinnamon, oak|
|Finish||Long, oak, baking spice|
|Alcohol content||107 proof (53.5% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water|
|Similar to||Maker’s Mark Cask Strength, Weller SR|
Nose is sweet, with notes of butterscotch, vanilla and a drizzle of cinnamon.
On the palate, Antique 107 is creamy with a buttery texture, sweet and bready with notes of caramel, vanilla, tobacco, cinnamon and a tad of oak.
The Finish lingers, with a bit of a bite, somewhat peppery but satisfying nonetheless.
Weller Antique is not the smoothest bourbon as it has some warmth but is not harsh.
Adding water opens-up the bourbon, tuning-down the heat bringing some apple and cherry notes while making it easier to enjoy.
Overall, Weller Antique is an incredible sip, full of character although it requires you to deal with initial heat but nothing that a drop or two of water can’t take down a notch.
If you have tried the classic Weller Special Reserve you are going to find this one to be a full bodied and more flavorful whiskey providing an overall better experience.
There are a few facts worth knowing about Weller Antique 107:
- Does not have an age statement but is aged for around 6 to 8 years in oak casks.
- Weller was the first bourbon to add wheat to the mash as secondary grain behind corn.
What do Stagg Jr. and Weller have in common?
Made by Buffalo Trace
Both are crafted at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY along other brands such as Pappy Van Winkle, Blanton’s, Buffalo Trace, Sazerac Rye, Eagle Rare, EH Taylor, Elmer T. Lee among others.
What are the differences between Stagg Jr and Weller?
The difference lies in the mash
Stagg Jr. is made using the same mash as the Buffalo Trace which has a moderate rye content, while Weller uses a mash that replaces rye with wheat.
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Weller Antique 107||$126|
Stagg Jr. vs Weller Antique 107: Which is better?
Weller is a safer bet
- I like the Stagg but this is a far more intimidating pour making the Weller Antique 107 a safer bet.
- The Weller also has a fair amount of heat, but can easily be tuned-down with a dew drops of water or a large ice ball making it a much easier drinker.
- Antique 107 is also appealing due to its wheated mash making it sweeter and somewhat smoother.
- Antique 107 is the best Weller for the money and a huge improvement over the Special Reserve and just as good as the Full Proof.
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