Before I get into the review, let me mention how hard it was to get information on this bourbon. It reminded me of all the mystique and hype surrounding Barterhouse and the other members of the Orphan Barrel project.
First, their marketing material rants about Blade and Bow bourbon paying homage to the Stitzel- Weller distillery, and how some of the bourbon was used from the old distillery using the Solera method.
There is a lot of mystique surrounding Blade and Bow.
- What other bourbons are the original Stitzel-Weller barrels married with?
- Where did you find (even friggin more) old Stitzel-Weller barrels?
- How long do you let the married barrels sit?
Diageo says nothing of these specifics. Hell, they dont say much about anything that aint marketing related. And this makes me suspicious. 😑
If you suspend your suspicions of whats in the bottle and just look at the bottle, its a work of art. Each bottle of Blade and Bow comes with one of five keys that represent each of the 5 steps to making bourbon. These keys are also reflected in the Blade and Bow logo, and in the name itself – the blade is the long section of a key’s anatomy, and the bow is the end or ornamental part.
Blade and Bow bourbon bottles are beautiful, well designed works of art. The bourbon itself? Not so much.
All that’s fun and interesting, but lets be honest – its whats in that bottle that counts!