Blade & Bow is a beautiful bourbon in all senses – luscious to drink from any glass and gorgeous to look at on your bar. The brand pays tribute to the historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery – built by the famed Van Winkle family in 1935 – in Louisville, Kentucky, where it is aged, blended, and partially distilled.
The brand makes a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and a rare 22-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, but there is a finite supply of the latter, which sells for $300 a bottle, so it is only being released in small quantities annually until it runs out.
This year it's being made available in time for the Kentucky Derby in May, where stylish racegoers like to tip back a Blade & Bow mint julep or two. Each release honors the anniversary of Stitzel-Weller, which turns 84 this year.
The 22 Year, which is bottled at 92 proof/46% ABV and sourced from multiple barrels, won a double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and is understandably coveted. Since Blade & Bow won't say how many bottles are available we'd say buy as many as you can get your hands on, especially as only 12 states will carry it.
“Beginning with a pronounced nose reminiscent of toasted oak layered with vanilla bean, figs and a light touch of dark caramel, this limited-release bourbon’s taste is accented with notes of torched sugar and apples baked in honey and spices,” Whiskey Educator Doug Kragel of Blade & Bow parent Diageo says.
The brand plans to toast the new edition of the 22-Year-Old bourbon at its fourth annual A Stitzel-Weller Affair on May 3 at the distillery. Guests will gather for a supper on the lawn featuring an "epicurean collaboration" between Brooks Reitz, founder of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. and partner at Little Jack's Tavern and Leon's Oyster Shop in Charleston, SC, and local chef Susan Hershberg.
Seersucker encouraged but not required....