Today I’d like to talk to you about a fairly recent addition to our shelves that has some very old whiskey hiding inside. Blade And Bow bourbon is a smooth and satisfying pour that comes to us from the Stitzel-Weller Distilling Company. Julian Van Winkle, known as Pappy to his family and all of posterity, created and for over sixty years ran Stitzel-Weller. While the distillery closed its doors in 1992, thousands of barrels remained behind, quietly aging. Most have since been used up in the creation of Julian’s namesake, the ever elusive Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve. A few, however, still remain. Now, thanks to some clever thinking and Solera method aging, a little bit of those old barrels is in every bottle of Blade And Bow bourbon. Dave Helt, Vine & Table Spirits Buyer
Blade And Bow blend the final barrels of the old Stitzel-Weller distillery with other barrels of aged bourbon to create a delightfully complex sipping whiskey. The bottle pours a beautiful amber gold that clings to the glass after a quick swirl. On the nose, you will pick up notes of fresh apple pie, toasted oatmeal, and honey. The initial sip begins as pure candied fruit, with the apple from the nose joined by pear and a little cherry. This gives way to a pleasant cinnamon spice character that is tempered by a hint of vanilla and burnt orange mid palate. All of this culminates in a silky smooth finish that coats the mouth nicely and lingers in memory far longer than it does on the palate. This bottle is the closest most people will ever get to the fabled Pappy Van Winkle and at only $54.99 you won’t have a moment’s guilt about indulging.