94 Points Wine Enthusiast -
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.
A homage to the legendary Stitzel-Weller distillery, Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey uses a unique Solera System aging process to preserve some of the distillery's oldest whiskey stocks, including some of the last bourbon produced there before it closed in 1992. The solera liquid is mingled with other fine whiskies aged and bottled at Stitzel-Weller. 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.
Each bottle comes with a key hanging around its neck and there are 5 different keys that a drinker can collect. The name of the bourbon is derived from the “blade” or shaft of the key and the “bow” or handle of the key. If one collects all 5 keys, they may receive something special if they present them on a tour the Stitzel-Weller facility.