As most of you know, I’m a vodka lover deep down inside and it’s one of my first (and longest) loves. When opportunity calls and you have a chance to taste the new beginnings of the Stitzel-Weller distillery with some fine Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, you take it.
Which takes us to last Monday evening and an intimate setting in the private lounge of Bistro 31. Upon arrival, we were quickly encouraged to try one of the three signature cocktails crafted for the evening by David Edessa of Bistro 31.
After browsing the menu, I opted to try to the Lady Marmalade to start the evening and began mingling with other guests as they arrived. With a pleasant guitar player providing the music, guests were treated to the anticipation of quite the guided tasting ahead of us. I was very fortunate to see a few of my favorites from the Dallas blogging scene and even met a few new people.
As the drinks were poured, I couldn’t help but admire the grand ambiance that Blade and Bow had pulled together for their Dallas arrival. If you are going to impress the distinctive palettes of Dallasites, you’re going to have to pull out all the stops.
Once every had arrived, we were invited to take our seats around the beautifully decorated table for our guided tasting and complimentary dinner to begin. Master of Whiskey Ambassador Mayra Isais and the American Whiskey Ambassador Doug Kragel graciously welcomed us to the tasting and dinner. Mayra and Doug wasted no time getting to the reason we were all here – Blade and Bow.
Blade and Bow is the evolution of sorts from the Stitzel-Weller distillery and comes in two options, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and 22-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (limited release). Mayra and Doug explained that these bourbon whiskeys paid homage to the Stitzel-Weller distillery and shared the process of how they are carefully made.
Doug focused on the 5 keys represented in crafting a quality bourbon – grains, yeast, fermentation, distillation, and aging. All of these are key (see what I did there!) in the process of creating Blade and Bow, but Doug’s explanation of the aging system for the Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was intriguing. Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is aged with the Solera Aging System which uses some of the the distillery’s oldest whiskey stocks in each batch of the newest stock created.
The 91 Proof Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was smooth and filled with so much flavor. It’s a bourbon whiskey that is easy on the palette, but filled with robust flavors apricot and sweet grains.
The 92 Proof Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey embodied a rich and deep smoky taste. It’s also a limited release, so snag a bottle while you still can.
After tasting the 91 Proof Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and the 92 Proof Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, I’m extremely impressed with the amount of work/time that goes into crafting these whiskeys.
“Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it’s time to drink.” -Haruki Murakami
Vodka may be my forte, but I very much appreciate the fine taste of a quality Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Blade and Bow has definitely achieved it.
Welcome to Texas, Blade and Bow! Welcome to Dallas!
Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary dining, but all opinions expressed are solely my own.