A Rare Blade and Bow 22-Year Release is Happening this Weekend at Stitzel-Weller

Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Aged 22 Years returns for Stitzel-Weller Distillery’s 85th anniversary. Courtesy Photo.

Stitzel-Weller Distillery is celebrating the collide of Derby Weekend and Bourbon Heritage Month with a rare release of Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old.

The flagship Blade and Bow bourbon is solera-aged with some of the last stocks from the famous Stitzel-Weller Distillery, which filled its last barrels in 1992. Blade and Bow 22 contains liquid from some of the last barrels to be distilled there in 1992, as well as other more recent barrels aged and bottled at the distillery, which is celebrating their 85th anniversary this year.

The historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery celebrates its 85th anniversary. Courtesy Photo.

“We are honored to call the Stitzel-Weller Distillery home to Blade and Bow bourbons, and to play a part in preserving the careful craftsmanship and unique artistry that was established and perfected within these walls,” said Meghan Redler, Brand Manager for Blade and Bow. “Releasing Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old this year during Bourbon Heritage Month allows us to pay homage to this historic distillery with our finest liquid.”

“Beginning with a pronounced nose reminiscent of toasted oak layered with vanilla bean, figs and a light touch of dark caramel, this limited-release bourbon’s taste is accented with notes of torched sugar and apples baked in honey and spices,” said Doug Kragel, Lead Educator for Blade and Bow. “With the rich history of the Stitzel-Weller distillery palpable in every sip, Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old is truly the perfect nod to the days of bourbon past.”

The distillery is putting out just one bottle each morning this weekend, but a very small amount of Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old will also hit shelves this month in 12 different states – California, Texas, Georgia, Colorado, New York, South Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky, Washington, D.C., Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. Past years have had a retail price of around $300.

Caroline Paulus
Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.