Blade & Bow
Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Stitzel-Weller Distilling Co.
Peggy Noe Stevens
Nose: True vanilla cream. Herbaceous with sage and slight mint. Golden raisin, citrus and fresh white pepper.
Palate: Definite smoked char reveals then the white pepper comes in. Earthy leather with vanilla and maple syrup.
Finish: Flavors flow to a warm, creamy vanilla and golden raisin with touches of oak char.
Comments: Earthy goodness with the smoked char and herbaceous notes, but oh that creamy vanilla steals the show.
Nose: Apple orchard in both spring and fall, with flower and fruit mingling. Vanilla cupcake with icing and ground cinnamon.
Palate: The apples remain, and the vanilla is joined by brown sugar. Cinnamon receives a spicy backup from some white pepper.
Finish: Sweet and fruity with a tart edge of citrus. This fades to a dry ending with pepper.
Comments: A bit hot for the proof, but the complexity allows some forgiveness. Drops of water cool it.