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March 27, 2020
Rebel Yell and Ezra Brooks straight rye whiskey

Your Guide to Rye Whiskey

Sometimes you want the smooth roll of bourbon. Sometimes you crave spicy. That’s when you reach for rye. (more…)
March 26, 2020
Kentucky Derby

The History of Kentucky’s State Song “My Old Kentucky Home”

The easiest way to make a Kentuckian choke up? Play “My Old Kentucky Home,” which has been done every year at the Kentucky Derby and countless other sporting and public events since the tune was officially adopted as the state song in 1928. (more…)
March 4, 2020
Lux Row peacock

Birds and Bourbon: The Story Behind the Lux Row Peacocks

Lux Row peacocks. Yes, you read that right. These majestic birds are a unique part of the distillery’s history and have made a name for themselves among visitors since Lux Row Distillers opened in 2018. But you might be thinking … peacocks and bourbon? How did that happen? (more…)
January 27, 2020
Whiskey Toast

6 Best Times to Drink Bourbon

There is no bad time to enjoy bourbon. How could there be? It’s smooth like no other spirit, and even a single sip submerges you into a world of pleasure and complexity. But then there are those times that seem to simply demand a toast. These are the six best times to hoist a glass: (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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