Blade and Bow is produced at the original site of the iconic Stitzel-Weller Distillery 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.
Nose: The nose is light and airy and starts with aromas of peaches, honey, hay, and light oak.
Palate: 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 sweet and a dash of spice.
Finish: 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.
Blade and Bow
Excellent bourbon with just a bit of a bite as you swallow it. Cannot tell if it is the oak or the pepper, but it is there. Nice sipping whisky.