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October 1, 2020

Life on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in the Post-COVID World

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on our lives, and the Bourbon Capital of the World has not gone unscathed. Bardstown, the teeming tourism metropolis and home to Lux Row Distillers, became a ghost town for three months until June, when Kentucky officials gave the okay for distilleries to reopen to the public. (more…)
September 30, 2020
David Nicholson, Ezra Brooks, and Daviess County bourbons

The Art of Collecting Bourbon

Collecting is a hobby with benefits. Whether it's a traditional object like stamps, or a more contemporary obsession like great bourbons, building a collection reaps rewards beyond the collection itself. (more…)
August 25, 2020
David Nicholson, Ezra Brooks, and Blood Oath bourbon

8 Ways to Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month at Home

Bourbon is so great, it has an entire month devoted to it. This important milestone was instituted in 2007 by the U.S. Senate, who declared that every September should be celebrated as National Bourbon Heritage Month, as a nod to bourbon's role as "America's Native Spirit." (more…)
July 28, 2020
Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge (1)

5 Essential Whiskey Glasses for Your Sipping Pleasure

It’s uncivilized to drink whiskey straight from the bottle, but pouring it into an ill-suited glass is nearly as bad. Show off your Lux Row whiskey and encourage its flavors, scent, and color in the proper vessel. Don’t know which one to reach for? Here are five suggestions. (more…)
March 28, 2019
Barrels being charred at ISC

The Art of the Bourbon Barrel’s Char

By regulation, all bourbon must be aged in new charred oak barrels. Why? Because unlike other whiskies, no additives (other than water) are allowed in bourbon. No added color. No added flavors. So, other than the distillate itself, bourbon picks up a lot of its character from the barrels. And the character of the barrels depends in large part on the level of char. To learn more about the process, we chatted with Jeff LaHue, head of strategic partnerships at Independent Stave Company (ISC), which supplies and chars barrels for Lux Row Distillers. (more…)
March 28, 2019
Lux Row Distillers Rickhouse

Bourbon’s Secret Ingredient? Barrels

Making great bourbon involves many ingredients, each essential in its own right, whether it’s the corn and grains or the cool, clear Kentucky water. But one of the most crucial elements in shaping bourbon into the drink we love: the charred American oak barrels in which it’s aged. (more…)
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