Review #85. Blade and Bow

Review #85 | /r/Bourbon Review #47 – Blade and Bow

The Schtick: This is a product from Diageo that has some tiny component of Stitzel Weller. They make sure to tell you that, over and over, since it’s printed on the bottle just shy of 20 times. Since the price tag is “only” $49.99, there can’t be much SW distillate inside. That leaves the rest to be distillate of unknown provenance. That being said, let’s see how the liquid inside is.


Distiller: Undisclosed (Produced by Diageo, using some tiny component of Stitzel Weller)

Bottler: Diageo

ABV: 45.5% ABV

Age: NAS

Source: Sample


Nose: Butter cream, vanilla and a healthy dose of artificial banana. I don’t mind this for some reason. It’s super sweet but kind of inviting.

Taste: Light mouthfeel, banana and vanilla, cinnamon and butter cream. It’s oddly hot though, for a 91 pf whiskey. Not too hot though, but I notice it a bit more than I thought I would.

Finish: Medium and well balanced, there’s a lot more allspice, clove and cinnamon and kind of mosey’s gently.

Overall: This whiskey relies on some heavy marketing, a solera vat and the name of the ol’ Stitzel Weller. This one isn’t amazing, but I can see its merits. It has a time and a place.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5


Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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