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Whiskey Education

January 27, 2020
Lux Row Double Barrel Bourbon

Lux Row Double Barrel Bourbon Makes Whisky Advocate’s Top 10 List

When we introduced our limited-edition Lux Row Double Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon last year, we noted that it was released as a thank you to customers for their support during our first year of business. A special bottling available at the Lux Row gift shop, the bourbon was blended after being aged in two different barrels for a dozen years each. Now we’d like to thank Whisky Advocate magazine, which clearly found it pretty special too: Lux Row Double Barrel was declared one of the 10 highest-scoring whiskies in the magazine’s Winter 2019 Buying Guide. To determine the top 10, the tasting panel blind-tasted and reviewed more than 170 whiskies of all types, from ryes to single malts to bourbons. (more…)
December 16, 2019
Lux Row Distillers Rickhouse

The Evolution of Barrel Making

Bourbon isn’t bourbon until it’s been aged in barrels, both by tradition and by law. It needs a protected, waterproof vessel to come into its own, and wooden barrels are just the ticket. Barrel-making is an ancient process — but there’s room for innovation, says Jeff LaHue, head of strategic partnerships at Independent Stave Company (ISC), the largest maker of whiskey barrels in the world. ISC also supplies barrels to Lux Row Distillery. (more…)
November 20, 2019
Blood Oath Pact No. 5

Lux Row Team Members Share Their Holiday Traditions

Holidays are made for bourbon, and there’s no one who knows that better than the team at Lux Row Distillers. Nearly two years after the distillery opened in Bardstown, Kentucky, the staff has formed a kind of bourbon family. Working together to make the finest bourbon in the land generates a certain camaraderie. Here are a few favorite holiday traditions from the Lux Row team. (more…)
November 18, 2019

3 Fizzy Bourbon Cocktails for Holiday (or Everyday) Sipping

One of the hottest beverages of 2019 — besides bourbon, of course — is hard seltzer. The spiked carbonated drink is so popular that bars have been running out of it. Effervescent and mildly fruity, hard seltzers make for an invigorating alternative to the furrowed-brow realm of craft cocktails. They’re just missing one thing: bourbon. (more…)
October 2, 2018

A Foolproof Guide to Pairing Whiskey With Food

Whiskey on its own is perfection. But it doesn’t have to be a loner. It cozies up to food in a surprisingly compatible manner. Fine whiskey, including bourbon — served straight, on ice, or in a stimulating cocktail — combined with the right food can be a match made in heaven. You just need to observe a few basic rules. (more…)
October 15, 2018

8 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Bourbon

Think you know everything there is to know about bourbon? We bet you’ll learn at least one new fact from reading this list. If nothing on here surprises you, then kudos! You’ve earned a drink. (more…)
January 10, 2019
David Nicholson bottle with glass

How to Bring Out Bourbon’s Best Flavor

Bourbon being bourbon, it tastes pretty great no matter how you drink it. But with a spirit this divine, there’s a world of pleasure to be savored when you take the time to do it right. Here to tell us how to bring the most flavor out of bourbon is Lux Row Distillers ambassador and lead brand representative Philip Lux. (more…)
February 1, 2019
Old Ezra

Demystifying the Label on Your Bourbon Bottle

When you’re in the bourbon section of your local liquor store, you can’t go wrong with any of our fine Lux Row offerings. But even then, you have some choices to make. If you’d like to be a more confident shopper — or you just want to impress people at dinner parties — read on to learn how to interpret that sometimes-mysterious bourbon label.  (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…)
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…)
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