Diageo had been sitting on the last bourbons distilled by Stitzel-Weller for years and finally decided to make something of the love and lore of the heritage distillery. Opting for the solera method of aging, likely to capitalize as much as possible on the Stitzel-Weller name, Diageo launched the Blade & Bow straight bourbon whiskey on Derby Day in 2015. I was drawn in as much by legend as by the beautiful bottle and dark, rich bourbon inside it, and never having tried a solera aged bourbon decided to pick up a bottle.
The nose doesn't have the caramel or vanilla that I prefer in bourbon, but it has light and airy notes of toasted oak, peaches, and chocolate, and is enjoyable all the same. The mouthfeel is oily but not quite enough to be rich. The palate is sweet with earthy notes that I cannot place. Further sips bring apricot and a hint of baking spice. The finish is on the long side of medium and is warm with toasted bread and faint apple. I know enough to know this is good bourbon, but the flavor profile does not necessarily fit my taste. I am interested to see how some ice opens it up a bit and might make this something I use in a cocktail, but I don't see myself sipping it. Or spending another $50 when this bottle runs dry. There are better bourbons for the price.
Incredible bourbon. So smooth, perfectly aged with a balanced blending of oak. Medium finish. There is something incredible about this bourbon, but I lack the refinement to describe it in words. We bought four fifths. Get some!
Really good bourbon, high priced feel for not that high of a price. I prefer a higher proof, and this one at 91 proof delivers. it has a bite to it in the beginning, but goes down smooth. I will be seeking this one out again, it doesn't break the bank, but it tastes as tho you paid for the high end. I do not believe you can go wrong with Stitzel Weller.
I had to revise my ranking. I’ve tried it multiple times, but it’s not the quality you’d expect out of a $50+ bottle. I feel most of the taste is drawn from a strong presence of alcohol, something that is absent or at least well hidden in others at this price point. Regrettably, one of my worst purchases. Don’t trust the hype!
It is an outstanding, balanced, Kentucky Straight Bourbon by Stitzer Weller Distilling Co. in Kentucky aged for 22 years. It has a delicate birth with notes of toasted oak, vanilla bean, fig & a hint of caramel; while a smooth & smoky life adds notes of torched sugar and apples baked in honey & spices; that leads to a quick & oily death with hints of raisin, anise, tea, fruit & citrus.
A good bourbon, and I appreciate the presentation of it. It's nothing to write home about, and I'd compare it to the taste profile of a Maker's 46. I don't think I'll actively seek it out in the future.
One of my favorites,
Has an incredible aroma & taste to match. The spiciness is there, so is the caramel & such. Packs enough punch without being overpowering. Bourbon fanatics & beginners alike can drink neat & enjoy.
Never a bad choice and one of the best,