Aged for 22 months, this tequila has more color than the Buffalo Trace Reposado, but it’s still quite pale gold. George T. Stagg’s vapory elements come through on the nose here, which is oak dominant with an undercurrent of caramel. The nose is fairly assertive and not very inviting. As with the other two Corazon expressions, the entry is much softer than the nose. Here it’s cooked agave again but with more caramel supporting it. The midpalate has more oak and less pepper and towards the end of the midpalate you really get the solid influence of George T. Stagg. The finish is fiery but it’s also fairly sweet, and while these two elements do a nice job of balancing each other out, the resulting combination is less than pleasant. George T. Stagg is such a powerhouse whiskey in every way, using an ex-Stagg barrel to age anything is problematic. It’s like mixing with Fernet Branca – no matter what you do, it’s hard for it not to take over and dominate the character of the drink. Corazon George T. Stagg Anejo Tequila is an interesting experiment, but the result isn’t as delightful as we had hoped.