I think like the Stagg each year has it's own personality. I feel this years ER 17 is one of the better years I've had. I foound the 06 very mild and at 90 proof and 60 bucks I did not replace the bottle. I have the 2005 as well and it to is very good.I really think it would beat the '07 Stagg at barrell
I do thisnk your right if the ER 17 was Barrel Proof I think it would walk all over this years Stagg.