Stitzel Weller Distilling Company Blade & Bow Bourbon 750ml -20%
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Blade and Bow are produced at the original site of the iconic Stitzel weller Distilling Company in Louisville, Kentucky. The original distillery closed its doors in 1992, and Diageo reopened the facility in 2014. In regards to the origins of the Blade and Bow name. It represents the two parts of a skeleton key, the blade shaft, and the ornate bow. Diageo states that The Blade and Bow brand is a tribute to the five keys that once hung on the door of the Stitzel-Weller Distillery. Which stands for the five steps of making bourbon grains, yeast, fermentation, distillation, and aging.
Unlike its older brother Blade and Bow 22 Year, the standard No Age Statement (NAS) Blade and Bow are produced by utilizing the solera aging method. According to Diageo, some of the last bourbon produced at Stitzel weller Distilling Company is used in their solera system. They state that “Older bourbon from Stitzel-Weller is mingled with other younger whiskies. No barrel is ever fully drained, ensuring the oldest bourbon is always present.”
Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey received a GOLD MEDAL at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
The nose is light and airy and starts with aromas of peaches, honey, hay, and light oak. These scents are encapsulated within a dose of ethanol, which I wasn’t expecting to be so prominent for a 91 proof bourbon.
The peaches from the nose carry over and are joined with white pepper, vanilla, oak, and a little grain spice. It’s light and enjoyable with a nice balance of sweetness and a dash of spice. The palate makes this really easy to sip on.
The finish starts with a spurt of light heat up front that mellows into sweeter notes. The fruit flavor and vanilla carry through and mingle with light oak. They’re further joined by a hint of aged leather at the end. These fade leaving just the oak to man the party, which lingers for longer than expected.