Bourbon By Nino Marchetti / April 19, 2019 The Blade & Bow bourbon line up from spirits giant Diageo has as a higher end anchor the occasional release of a coveted 22 year old expression. It has been brought back a few times over the last several years, particularly tied to the anniversary of the opening of the Stitzel-Weller distillery in Kentucky, and now, for 2019, we see this happening yet again.The 2019 edition of the Blade & Bow 22 Year Old Bourbon, according to those behind it, is tied to the 84th anniversary of Stitzel-Weller’s opening. It is an extremely limited release American whiskey once again, being bottled at 92 proof (46% ABV) and being made available in just 12 states, including California, Texas, Georgia, Colorado, New York, South Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky, Washington, D.C., Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia.Blade & Bow 22 Year Old Bourbon (image via Diageo)“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 Diageo North American Whiskey Educator Doug Kragel in a prepared statement. “It’s the kind of rare whiskey that makes you want to savor every note slowly, because at some point in the future, supply will run out.”As it stands plans call for this bourbon to be available starting now in the previously outlined markets, along with a select allocation solely for Stitzel-Weller. No immediate specific number of bottles or pricing information was given by Diageo, but last year’s release priced for around $250, so expect the 2019 22 year old bourbon to be at least that.