Whiskey Review: Lux Row Distillers Double Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon - The Whiskey Wash

Whiskey Review: Lux Row Distillers Double Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Lux Row Distillers. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review.

The Lux Row/LuxCo story has been going on for over 40 years, but this American spirits brand primarily has been sourcing whiskeys until 2018, when they opened their own distillery in Kentucky. This was exciting news, as I have been a fan of their product line for years. Oh, Rebel Yell, a great bourbon for the price and has a fun story attached to it. As the story goes, Billy Idol was hanging out drinking Rebel Yell with members of the Rolling Stones at an event and thought the whiskey might make for a good song concept. In any case, I’ll admit that I was pretty interested in what this 12 year whiskey I’m reviewing had to offer.

The new Lux Row Distillers Double Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon brings together two carefully selected 12-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon barrels that have a high rye mash bill. It is bottled at 118.4 proof, in a nod to the distillery’s grand opening in April, 2018. Around 6,000 bottles of it were released, each pricing around $150.

“We wanted to do something unique to commemorate the opening of Lux Row Distillers so I tasted through many barrels to find the ones that would complement each other perfectly creating a well-balanced, flavorful bourbon,” said Luxco Head Distiller John Rempe at the time it was released. “Each two barrel combinations will be slightly different but will have strong caramel and vanilla notes, with a warm and spicy finish.”

Lux Row Distillers Double Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Lux Row Distillers Double Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon (image via Lux Row Distillers)

Tasting Notes: Lux Row Distillers Double Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Vital Stats: 118 proof, 59.2% ABV, and is a blend of two 12 year bourbons with a high rye mash bill. Kentucky only release. ~ $150 per 750ml bottle.

Appearance: A pale orange or young cherry wood.

Nose: A lot of booze up front, but gets complex once the senses get accustomed to the heat. Picked up a variety of maple, brown sugar, and green apple in the background.

Palate: Hot, with flavors of orange peel, fall spices, and honey. There’s also a sweetness that is reminiscent of sherry in there followed by a solid oaky finish.

The Takeaway

Summary

I liked it. As one feels the colder weather of winter, this one is a warm hug. Classic bourbon flavors, plus the high proof! Heck, I might even put this one in some coffee. Ok, probably will. However, the price point does sting a bit at around $150. But if you find yourself in Kentucky, and happen to stop by the distillery, this one may possibly be a yes.

4.0
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