Blade and Bow, Stitzel-Weller Distillery: review

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45.5% alcohol/Vol, 91 Proof, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Coming from Diageo Brand and still carrying the Stitzel-Weller Distillery which is long since closed, this bottle was calling to me from the shelf.  I found this one while on vacation in Savanah, it was sitting on the shelf for $45.  I’d always been curious of what a bourbon tasted like that used the solera-style system to incorporate the older whiskeys from the Stitzel-Weller stores.  I also love the story of the name, blade and bow, coming from the anatomy of the keys.  The five keys coming from Stitzel-Weller as the 5 steps in crafting bourbon.  I’m also a sucker for trying to collect all five keys that adorn the bottles, similar to collecting the Blanton’s cork stoppers.


The coloring is golden amber with a hint of copper and quick legs running down the glass.


The initial nose is tobacco and cedar followed by underlying tones of apricot, crème brulee, and bananas foster.


The taste is butter, vanilla, snickerdoodle, with spice and wood, it’s really smooth and very complex.  After sipping on it for a while I found some coconut, cherry, nuttiness and oak notes similar to a coconut cherry almond bar that had been fresh baked like a dump cake.  The finish is brown sugar and smoke with a little dry oaky bitterness, like a dry rub crust on some smoked ribs.  I think this would be the perfect pour for a backyard BBQ.

Rating: 🥃🥃🥃1/2

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