Named for the two parts to a skeleton key, Blade and Bow is a tribute to the famed Stitzel-Weller distillery that changed the landscape of bourbon production from its founding in 1935 to when its doors were shuttered in 1992. As the story goes, there were once five keys that hung on the distillery door that represented the five steps to crafting bourbon; grains, yeast, fermentation, distillation and aging. The keys grew to symbolize the local traditions of hospitality, warmth and enjoying the finer things in life. These timeless traditions continue as the door to some of the greatest whiskeys of our time has once again been opened. Fair warning, this is undoubtedly one of your last chances to experience the magic of Stitzel-Weller.
Add a bit of water and this light, silky sipper unfolds layers of vanilla, almond and oak. It finishes light with a hint of dried apricot and a flourish of baking spice.
Smoky nose followed by a fleshy, earthy, and rich palate with gobs of toasty oak and a lovely smooth texture. Lush and dense with considerable balance.