Blade & Bow Bourbon Key #1  750ml
SKU 796075

Blade & Bow Bourbon Key #1

Kentucky - United States

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The importance of this bourbon lies in the fact that it contains some liquid from the pre-1992 shut down of Stitzel-Weller. It is a NAS bourbon, but Diageo uses a fractional solera system which allows each bottle to contain some of the actual whiskey from over 23 years ago. Solera means “on the ground” in Spanish and is a reference to the oldest and lowest barrels “on the ground” which are used for bottling, and a similar method is used in Glenfiddich 15 Year Old and some others. Their system is five levels, the top level being the youngest. Each level is drained into the next with the oldest level used for immediate bottling. Diageo refills the top level with other bourbons as the levels slowly drains in a continual process. From the solera, Blade and Bow is bottled at 96 proof (45.5% abv). The whiskey is beautifully packaged in a slightly tapered solid square bottle with a round dark blue label. The label’s emblem is a pattern of keys which symbolize the 5 steps for production: grains, yeast, fermentation, distillation and aging. 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.

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Country: United States

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