Blade and Bow: tradition and innovation in a bourbon

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Doug Kragel, Master of Whiskey for Blade and Bow, explains how they combine old and new to create their Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Blade and Bow is bringing back to life the Stitzel-Weller distillery in Louisville, Kentucky, which shut down in 1992. They've come up with a method called the Solera System aging process which combines some of the original Stitzel-Weller whiskey with their new product.

Kragel says Blade and Bow got its name from a story told about the old distillery. There were five keys that hung above a door. They represented the five steps to making a great whiskey: grains, yeast, fermentation, distillation, and aging. They were skeleton keys, which have a blade and bow.

Every bottle of Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey comes with one of five different keys. Kagel says if you collect them all, you can get a tour of the distillery.

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