What to drink now: Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Stagg Jr

 Two whiskies produced by the Sazerac Company, Stagg Jr. (128.4 proof) and Paul John Mithuna, have been named the second and third finest whiskies in the world, respectively, by esteemed whisky reviewer Jim Murray in his “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2021.” In total, nine whiskies from Sazerac received top honours in their category, including eight produced at its Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Ky.

These awards follow a momentous win last year in which three whiskies from Sazerac were named the top three whiskies in the world in “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2020,” the first time any one company has accomplished this feat.

The 2021 second finest whisky in the world, Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Stagg Jr., was first introduced in 2013 and has won countless double gold, gold and various other accolades, but has never placed in the top three in the prestigious “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.”  Its forefather, however, George T. Stagg, is well known to Whisky Bible fans, having been named the finest or second finest whisky in the world a staggering four times since the Whisky Bible started in 2004, holding the top spot more times than any other spirit in the world.

In describing the Stagg Jr. second finest whisky in the world, and bourbon of the year for 2021, Jim Murray scored it a 97.5 and called it “Spectacularly mind-blowing!”  Murray tastes more than 4,700 whiskies for his yearly edition, and in Murray’s ranking system, any whisky which scores in the 94-97.5 range is deemed by him as “superstar whiskies that give us all a reason to live.”

Sazerac’s third finest whisky of the world comes from India, at its Paul John Distillery and is Mithuna, which scored a 97. Mithuna is part of Paul John’s Zodiac Series. Mithuna will be released worldwide in November, and will be available in the United States in Spring 2021.  Mithuna’s predecessor in the zodiac series is Kanya, which was named Asian Whisky of the Year in the 2018 edition of “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible” with a score of 96.

In describing Mithuna for his 2021 Whisky Bible, Murray says, “If Mithuna means “Ultimate,” then it is the perfect name. Or maybe Mithuna means “Perfect,” then it is pretty close. It is that very rarest of things. And, if nothing else, announces Paul John Distillery on the world stage of truly great distilleries. This is a whisky to devour…while it devours you.” “To have our whiskies be named the second and third finest whiskies in the world is astonishing, especially following last year’s three top spots in the Whisky Bible, said Mark Brown, president and chief executive officer, Sazerac Company.  “It is truly a testament of the skill and dedication of not only our Master Distillers Harlen Wheatley at Buffalo Trace Distillery, and Michael D’souza at Paul John Distillery, but to all of our team members at Sazerac. We could not be happier and motivated to continue our quest to create the world’s best whisky.”

The complete Sazerac whiskies winning awards in “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2021” are:

  • Second Finest Whisky in the World – Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky (128.4 proof)

 

  • Third Finest Whisky in the World – Paul John Mithuna

 

  • AMERICAN WHISKY WINNERS

 

  • Bourbon of the YearStagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky (128.4 proof)
  • Second Finest Bourbon of the YearWilliam Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
  • Bourbon No Age Statement (Multiple Barrels) Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky (128.4 proof)
  • Bourbon No Age Statement (Single Barrel)Elmer T. Lee 100 Year Tribute Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
  • Rye of the Year – Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky
  • Rye No Age Statement – Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky
  • Rye 11-15 Years Old Rip Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky
  • Rye Over 15 Years – Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky

 

 

  • ASIAN WHISKY OF THE YEAR
    • Paul John Mithuna

 

Jim Murray is a legend and leading player on the world’s whisky stage. It is now over 25 years since he became the world’s first-ever full time whisky writer. The 2021 edition of his Whisky Bible marks the 18th year of annual publication. “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2021” can be pre-ordered at http://whiskybible.com/