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.
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.
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.
When you’re talking about bourbon, you can make a list of what matters — barrels, fermentation, mash bill, water. But there’s one more important thing that has to be on the list: corn.
Without corn, bourbon cannot exist.
Finding a gift for the whiskey lover in your life is easy: As long as your gift has a whiskey theme, it’s a winner. Our list rolls high to low, ranging from a fine bar cart to a package you can put together yourself with a dose of TLC.