Blade and bow owes it’s mystique to a long-gone distillery, but carries on the legacy of the former distillery by shedding light on both it’s past and present. Present? Technically speaking, there is Stitzel-Weller distillate in the Blade and Bow product due to their use of the Solera aging system. While it sounds like a great way to carry the torch into the future, it’s probably important to note that a single drop of Stitzel-Weller distillate in an entire batch is all it would take to make the claim true enough to put on the bottle. How much of the coveted juice is actually being blended into this product is anyone’s guess. Moving on…
The name itself is interesting. Having hung their hat on the famous Stitzel-Weller brand name already, it makes sense that Blade and Bow is also utilizing more of the former distillery’s history in their lore. From the Blade and Bow website:
Named after the two parts of a skeleton key, the blade shaft and the ornate bow, the Blade and Bow brand is a tribute to the five keys that once hung on the door of the Stitzel-Weller Distillery.
These keys represented the five steps of crafting bourbon—grains, yeast, fermentation, distillation and aging.
But more importantly, they grew to symbolize the southern traditions of hospitality, warmth and enjoying the finer things in life.
This particular bourbon came recommended to us by our good friends at Savage Jerky as it is a personal daily favorite of theirs. We scooped up a few bottles to give it a try. Here’s what we thought: