A Beer Babe Does Bourbon


I recently had the opportunity to delve into something than my usual beverage of choice. Being a beer girl, it was a nice change of pace to attend a whiskey launch party. Blade and Bow of Louisville, KY recently became available in the Charlotte market and came in style. Pairing up with 204 North Kitchen and Cocktails, they presented a night of delicious snacks and artfully crafted cocktails.

Blade and Bow hail from the famed Stitzel-Weller Distillery. Opened originally on Derby Day in 1935, they reopened to the public in 2014. Blade and Bow are currently creating two whiskeys. Their flagship bourbon is aged in new charred American white oak barrels. It is created by using the Solara method, meaning the barrels are rotated, blending the youngest, then refilling the older barrels. The barrels are never completely emptied, to ensure the whiskey left from Stitzel-Weller remains in every batch. The result is a smooth, honey-like bourbon, with fruit notes, smokiness, with hardly any burn. Also available from Blade and Bow is, their limited release 22 year old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. It has plenty of body, smooth and smoky flavors. Caramel, toasted oak, and torched sugar notes round out the bourbon to make it complex and enjoyable.


The elegant packaging of Blade and Bow places emphasis on their striking key logo. The distillery itself is named after the parts of a skeleton key, the blade shaft, and the bow. This is a tribute to the five keys that once graced the door of the Stitzel-Weller Distillery. According to the distillery web site, these keys represented the five steps of creating bourbon-grains, yeast, distillation, and aging. Blade and Bow goes on to state, the keys grew to symbolize southern traditions of hospitality, warmth, and enjoying the finer things in life.


The highlight of the night, for me, was the creatively crafted cocktails. Amanda Britton represented 204 North, behind the bar, mixing exclusive drinks for the event. The libation menu consisted of three cocktails. The most popular, seemed to be, the “New” Fashioned. It consisted of Blade and Bow Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, simple syrup, a muddled orange slice, elderflower liqueur, with cherries. Also available was, The Uptown. Kentucky whiskey, blended with apple chai syrup, and sweet vermouth. This drink paired very well with the desert that 204 North provided. A house made sticky bun topped with bourbon ice cream, drizzled with sorghum syrup. My favorite drink of the night was, Sweet Caroline. This consisted of bourbon, lemon juice, maple sweet potato syrup, egg white, and dusted with cinnamon.

Blade and Bow are only currently available in fourteen markets nationwide. We are lucky that they have chosen Charlotte as a city to be available in. Keep your eyes peeled for their fine bourbon in your favorite cocktail spot. Cheers!

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Sweet Caroline and The Uptown created by Amanda Britton of 204 North Kitchen + Cocktails. Hear more from Amanda Britton on Cheers Charlotte Episode 199- CrownTown Collective

Sweet Caroline

1 ¼ oz. Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

½ oz. Lemon Juice

1 ½ oz. .Maple Sweet Potato Syrup

Egg White

Shake & Double strain over fresh ice in a Double Old Fashioned Glass. Garnish with sprinkled cinnamon


The Uptown

1 ¼ oz. Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

1 oz. Apple Chai Syrup

½ oz. Sweet Vermouth

Stir & Strain into Coupe Glass. Garnish with dehydrated apple slice


Blade and Bow “New” Fashioned

1.25 oz. Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

½ oz. simple syrup

Muddle 1 orange slice

Add ice

¾ oz. Elderflower liqueur


Photo credit: Amanda Dickinson (A Babe in Beerland)

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