What the key to a great anything? A true commitment to craftsmanship and artistry. That’s what Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is all about. The story of this bourbon is one you’ll have to pull up a chair for. Are you ready to unlock the secrets of this iconic bourbon?
Blade and Bow is manufactured under the Diageo umbrealla. Diageo dedicated this bourbon to the craftsmanship of the historic Stitzel-weller Distillery, where Blade and Bow is aged and non-traditionally blended and partially distilled from. The Stitzel-Weller Distillery encompasses a lot of bourbon history. In fact, this is the site where legendary Julian (Pappy) Van Winkle made his mark.
Stitzel-Weller was originally owned by the company that owned and operated Guinness, United Distillers. They shut the distillery down in 1992. Eventually Guinness merged with Grand Metropolitan to form Diageo and Diageo reopened the facility in 2014 to keep it’s legend alive. Each bottle of Blade and Bow contains actual distilling history of Stitzel-Weller.
Solera Style Aging System
At the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, Blade and Bow uses a unique solera style aging system. Another name for this process is fractional blending. This aging involves a pyramid or tier system of barrels that always feed to the bottom barrels.
Blade and Bow is made using a five barrel solera system. The bottom or #5 barrel contains some original bourbon distilled in the early 90s. They say the trick is to never dump more than half of the barrel. So when barrel #5 is dumped for bottling, barrel # 4 is used to refill barrel #5. Then barrel #3 fills up #4 and so on until barrel #1 is used to fill barrel #2. That’s when a whiskey that is not currently in the system is used to fill barrel #1.
Diageo says all of the bourbon used to produce Blade and Bow is at least 6 years old.
The Five Key Symbol
The true symbol of Blade and Bow, from its name to is bottle, is a key. This bourbon was named after the anatomy of a key. Blade refers to the long section and Bow is the end or ornamental part. Originating from Stitzel-Weller is their five key symbol, which always had a strong presence at the distillery.
The five key symbol stands for the five steps of making bourbon: grain, yeast, fermentation, distillation, and aging.
The design of the Blade and Bow bottle encompasses the five key ways of doing things. with six sides, five are dedicated to the bourbon making process and one is left for labeling.
Nose: You can easily identify the grain, oak, and dominating vanilla aromas. There are small hints of toasted coconut and “alcohol punch”.
Taste: The first thing one notices is a sweetness described as vanilla fudge and coconut macaroon. Then you’ll taste secondary notes of cinnamon and baking spices. But wait, thats not all. As the dominating flavors subside, you’re left with flavors of oak, toasted almonds, apricot preserves. Peppermint and milk chocolate also appear.
Finish: Despite the intense taste, the finish is short and abrupt.
An expert review on Distillers.com said, “This bourbon packs a surprising amount of flavor into an approachable and easy drinking whiskey.”
You can taste Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey at our Holiday Tasting Saturday, November 4th between 1:00 and 4:00pm! 14580 River Road, Carmel, IN 46033.
Did you know that not all tequilas are genuine tequila? In order to be considered genuine, a tequila must be made with 51% blue agave juice. There are many tequilas out there that aren’t truly genuine. Take Jose Cuervo for example, only contains the bare minimum, 51% agave.
The best tequilas are 100% blue agave, and that’s Corazon Blanco Artisinal Edition. If you actually do get your hands on a bottle of this, you’ll be a lucky one! There were only 60 bottles produced!
Corazon has been releasing its Expression Del Corazon, and Blanco Artisinal Edition is the second expression released. Made with 100% blue Weber agave with its Brix (sugar content) measured before harvest, instead of traditional clear cut.
This expression rested for 60 days in stainless steel bins. It is usually unaged, and bottled straight after distillation at 80 proof. But, the technicalities aren’t the best part of this premium, limited-edition tequila, the flavor profile is.
Nose: Cooked Agave, Herbal citrus, Aniseed and unique notes of Green Apple.
Taste: Sweet, soft mint, eucalyptus, with a slight tang and an impressive agave bite.
Finish: Long, lingering, and smooth.
There really is nothing quite like the tastes of nature and that’s what is so special about this artisanal tequila. The smooth and fresh flavor profile that ranges all the way from sweet to dry and spicy. I mean really think about it. Have you ever had a tequila that you would describe as sweet?
To all tequila enthusiasts out there, this might as well be a collectible. A bottle you save for that perfect occasion and enjoy like no other tequila.
Interested in trying to find a bottle for yourself? You can fill out a request here. Cheers!
If you’re familiar with Bulleit Frontier Whiskeys than you know how great of an Old Fashioned it makes. This bourbon is made from a unique blend of rye, corn, and barley malt with special strains of yeast and pure Kentucky limestone-filtered water. This already delectable bourbon was made even better for those who like it a little stronger. Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength is indeed a real thing and “it’s not for the faint of bourbon heart”.
Bet you didn’t know that this barrel proof bourbon scored a gold medal at a San Francisco Spirit Competition. So, if you can’t take our word for it how impressive this bourbon is then that alone should do it. “Out of the barrel, uncut and unfiltered, this whiskey delivers unrivaled boldness and complexity.”
When creating Bulleit Barrel Strength they emptied and combined select barrels into a single batch. There was no additional water put in after the whiskey was removed from the barrels. So you certainly don’t have to worry about if this whiskey is watered down or not. It’s tough stuff.
Packaged in the iconic Bulleit bottle and medium-amber in color, Bulleit barrel strength comes with gentle spiciness and sweet oak aromas. The proof ranges at a high 118 to 125. For as strong as this bourbon is, it comes off comfortable and not too strong.
NOSE: The nose is mostly compromised of pepper and cinnamon with subtle hints of vanilla and caramel interwoven within. Some can taste subtle and sweet flavors like butterscotch and custard.
TASTE: The barrel strength bourbon lets you taste flavors that don’t stand out in the regular bourbon. The same flavors of pepper, oak, and spicy cinnamon are still there; however, other fruity flavors also show up.
FINISH: It starts hot than calms down into a long creamy dry finish. You would expect extra proof points would add roughness, but here it just pulls out the spice and flavor ultimately making this a very enjoyable whiskey.
Bulleit Barrel Strenght Bourbon was only sold in Kentucky for a while and is just making its way out of its distillery zone. If you’re a bourbon buff or if an Old Fashioned is your go to, this is something you should try. Pick up a bottle at your local payless or order it next time you’re at the bar to start your night. Cheers!
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