Blade & Bow has a very interesting story. The idea for the brand was born from barrels tucked away from the old Stitzel Weller distillery. That name probably sounds familiar because its where Pappy Van Winkle originally came from. If you have a Pappy from the Stitzel Weller distillery than you are sitting on a down payment on a house. It’s also where the orphan barrels were found to make Jeffersons 17 yr Presidential. Going into their warehouses to grab barrels must have been like going in to a goldmine. Blade & Bow still has barrels from the distillery that they use to blend in to their Straight Bourbon.
Is it Pappy or is it Jeffersons Presidential? It’s actually a little bit of both. Those are the patriarch and matriarch for these barrels. They have this pretty unique process to make it all happen called the Solera Aging System where no barrel is every fully drained from Stitzel so some of the most amazing whiskey blends ever are just kept in barrel — there for the future blending. It’s like getting a racing horse today from the Seabiscuit bloodline. You’re paying for some pretty good genes!
Aged in new charred American white oak barrels, this bourbon offers up aromas of fresh oranges and peaches with pear, freshly baked bread and some toasted grain. Everything comes together harmoniously, it’s a really seamless blend. On the finish, notes of charred oak, s’mores and winter spices and a slight but inviting burn that comes with this 91 Proof gem.
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