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September 12, 2022

What is National Bourbon Heritage Month?

September is National Bourbon Heritage Month, and trust us, there’s a lot to celebrate! Here at Lux Row Distillers, nothing makes us happier than a month dedicated to bourbon, and we’re here to help you get in the spirit—literally. Continue reading
August 18, 2022

The History Behind Your Favorite Classic Whiskey Cocktails 

You've likely enjoyed them dozens of times. Whether attending an event, ordering at a favorite bar, or home during a relaxing evening, classic whiskey cocktails are suitable for any occasion. Old-fashioneds, manhattans, and sazeracs are all cocktail staples, and you probably think you know them well.  Continue reading
July 12, 2022

The Difference Between Single and Double-Barrel Whiskey 

If you’re a bit new to the world of whiskey, you’ve likely come across the terms “single barrel” and “double barrel” when shopping around at your favorite spirits store and you might not have been 100% sure what exactly they mean. You know that barrels are a crucial part of the bourbon-making process, and maybe you’ve even taken a few distillery tours throughout the Bluegrass State. But it’s not always clear what the different bourbon terms stand for.  Continue reading
June 9, 2022

7 Ways to Celebrate National Bourbon Day

June 14th is one of the best days of the entire year: it’s National Bourbon Day! Here at Lux Row Distillers, we’re always looking forward to this exciting holiday—and trust us—we know a thing or two about how to celebrate. As you get ready to enjoy a day dedicated to one of life’s true joys, take a look at a few creative ways you can make the most out of National Bourbon Day. Continue reading
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…)
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…)
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…)
April 29, 2019
Blood Oath Pact No 5

Blood Oath Pact No. 5 Has Arrived

Every bourbon is special — but then there’s Blood Oath, the ultra-premium bourbon released by Lux Row Distillers once a year, in limited quantities and at a premium price. (more…)
July 29, 2019
Lux Row David Nicholson

Lux Row’s Mash Bill Explained

If you’re a bourbon drinker, you’re familiar with the term mash. It’s one of the major steps in whiskey making (beer, too). Mash refers to all the grains — wheat, corn, barley, and rye — that form the very basis of bourbon. The mix of grains is called the mash bill. And each distiller has its own signature recipe. Lux Row Distillers Global Brand Ambassador Philip Lux says that a bourbon’s mash bill is key to defining its flavor. (more…)
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