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Blade and Bow Bourbon Review

In Bourbon Whiskey Reviews by Jeffrey Schwartz2 Comments

Aged in new charred American white oak barrels, this bourbon has a subtle aroma of fresh fruit and a taste that includes hints of dried apricot, ripe pear and a sweet roasted grain. The finish has notes of charred oak and warm winter spices.Diageo
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Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon

  • DISTILLER: A lot of help from Stitzel-Weller, produced by Diageo.
  • MASH BILL: Undisclosed
  • AGE: NAS (no age statement) but since it is labeled “straight” that makes it at least 4yrs old. Online research suggests the youngest whiskey is 6 years mingled with Bourbons over 20 years old. Blade and Bow is blended using the Solera method, which involves rotating barrels and blending them from youngest, then refilling the oldest barrels as a portion of each barrel is dumped and used for bottling.
  • YEAR: 2017
  • PROOF: 91 (45.5% ABV)
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • BUY ONLINE: BevMo  |  Liquor Barn
NOSE: Pear and Apple  |  Very Light Oak  |  Vanilla

TASTE: Pear  |  Smooth Cocoa  |  Smoky Oak

FINISH: The finish on this whiskey is very long, starting with a peppery, spicy quality that just continues to build. The oak remains. If you’re looking for burn, this will disappoint. It is exceptionally smooth.

SHARE WITH: I’d recommend sharing this with folks who romanticize over the notion of drinking something distilled by the old Stitzel-Weller Distillery. This is also an excellent choice for people who enjoy very smooth, sipping whiskey.

WORTH THE PRICE: At $49.99 this sits at an interesting price point. There’s a lot of excellent and a lot of overpriced whiskeys out there for about $50. My gut instinct tells me this is a smidge steep for what it is. You’re paying for Stitzel-Weller history. If this were priced in the higher-$30s to lower $40s, I’d cheerfully hand them my money.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Grab a pour at a bar if you see it. You’ll want to taste this for yourself. Saying that I would be happyto have a bottle of this in my collection.

OVERALL: One of the qualities I like to observe with my whiskeys is the appearance. The bright amber is pleasant to look at, but an even more attractive quality is what kind of legs get left on the glass after a good swirl. At first, Blade and Bow left nothing… and I mean nothing. I had to hold it up to the light to discover that the whiskey did indeed cling to my glass, it was just taking forever to build legs. Then, they came down long and luscious. That’s something I just love to see.

This is the second time I’ve tried Blade and Bow, with the first experience being at Distill America in Madison in February 2017. I was impressed with it both times and am happy Diageo has taken steps to keep the Stitzel-Weller history alive and available for an average whiskey fan. Cheers!

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Disclaimer: Diageo provided Bourbon & Banter with a sample of their product for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow us to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you.

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Jeffrey Schwartz

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Known throughout Wisconsin (and now the world) as Whiskeyfellow, Jeff was a late-bloomer to the Wonderful World of Whiskey. At the suggestion of his wife, he started with Scotch and was hooked. He was under the impression that he was happy. A friend asked him several times to try Bourbon, and he eventually gave in, only to fall completely in love with it. Those first steps started him on his #DrinkCurious adventure that led him to #RespectTheBottomShelf. Jeff now relishes many types of whiskeys, ranging from the super-affordable to the super-premium and everything in between. Aside from simply sipping and writing about it, Jeff now enjoys spreading the whiskey gospel by hosting educational tasting events. Read Jeff's full profile.


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    The word “straight” on the label does not mean that it is at least 4 years old (that would be bottled in bond). “Straight” means it is at least 2 years old, from the same season and one distillery.

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      If it’s “straight” but aged less than four years, it has to have an age statement. If this is labeled “straight” but still NAS, it must be aged at least four years.

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