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Whiskey Education

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…)
May 2, 2018

Mint Julep Cocktail: A Quick History

Whether you love the Kentucky Derby for the people-watching (those hats!) or the horse racing, one thing is certain: The derby’s signature mint julep drink is the best tradition of all. The mint julep is a combination of bourbon, mint, sugar, and water, served over heaps of crushed ice in a signature silver or pewter cup. Although the race itself may last only a couple of minutes, derby fans keep sipping their mint juleps long into the afternoon. Curious about the history of this favorite Southern libation? Then read on. (more…)
May 29, 2018

Whiskey 101: A Quick Guide to Grains

Ingredients matter. And regardless of where you are on your whiskey journey — beginner or connoisseur — you gain precious insight when you know what went into the glass you just poured. Understanding exactly what you’re sipping heightens your ability to recognize, appreciate, and savor. Each whiskey starts with a base of corn, rye, barley, and/or wheat grain. These grains — along with the oak barrels they’re aged in — define the taste and aroma of the spirit. (more…)
June 19, 2018

Top 5 Reasons to Love Whiskey

When it comes to whiskey, there’s only one question: What’s not to love? It has taste, stature, distinction, and legacy. It summons flavors we know — caramel, toffee, wheat — then craftily showcases them in a new way. That said, we have distilled it (see what we did there?) to the top five reasons we love whiskey in all its forms. (more…)
June 22, 2018

What Bourbon Swillers Need to Know About Ice

Ice seems like the simplest, most basic accessory for bourbon. You turn on the tap, fill the ice tray, put it in the freezer, and take it out when you want to chill your whiskey. Easy, right? Wrong. Over the past few years, mixologists have led us through an ice exploration. Turns out, there is a “right” kind, and it can make or break your whiskey drink. This is why we put together an ice primer. May your bourbon never suffer another ice faux pas again. (more…)
July 17, 2018

5 Reasons Most Bourbon Is Made in Kentucky

Say the word “Kentucky” and the next word automatically falls into place: bourbon. It’s just one of those natural pairings. Nearly all bourbon is made there: 95 percent, according to the Kentucky Distillers Association. The connection between the state and the spirit is undeniable. What is it about the Bluegrass State that makes it the bourbon capital of the world? There are five reasons: (more…)
August 20, 2018

A Glossary of Essential Bourbon Terms

There are some very specific rules when it comes to calling something “bourbon.” Though it is a type of whiskey, bourbon’s base must be at least 51 percent corn, and the spirit has to be aged in new charred oak containers. And to be considered “straight” bourbon, it has to be aged at least two years. What else should you know about bourbon? Familiarize yourself with these terms to become a know-it-all. (more…)
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