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“A little luxury” is a focal point of one episode of the popular show Emily in Paris that came out a few years ago, and is still going strong. Unfortunately Emily doesn’t get to utilize the phrase for her McDonald’s campaign (seriously, McDonalds.) because she gets caught for working for two companies in a world where non-compete agreements form the basis of many working agreements and employment contracts. Of course, Emily turns out just fine, with little to no real consequence.
And while I find the show both insipid and captivating, the phrase “a little luxury” is a good one, and absolutely apt when we turn the conversation to whiskey. Also, I’m sure that there’s no way that show coined that phrase.
Lux Row Distillers isn’t the largest name on its own – but you’ve had their products. Using, and owned by, MGP (one of the nation’s largest grain producers and the grain behind a massive number of American whiskeys) grain, Lux Row’s distillery is the home to some major labels, such as Ezra Brooks and Blood Oath (which happens to be one of this writer’s favorites), as well as managing many others.
This bourbon I’m reviewing here, Lux Row Distillers Four Grain Double Single Barrel Bourbon, is a double single barrel – but what does that mean? It’s as logical as it sounds – two different single barrels blended together. To add on to the unique nature, this whiskey is utilizing four grains – corn, wheat, rye, and malted barley.
Both bourbon and American rye whiskey almost always utilize three grains, with bourbon focusing on corn and either rye or or wheat, rye obviously utilizing rye and either corn or wheat, and both adding malted barley for the fermentation assistance. Four (or more) grain whiskeys aren’t unheard of, but they’re not overly common.
Both of the single barrels in this expression are aged four years, a respectable number of years, though still on the younger side. It comes through upon drinking, with its light texture and accessible flavor. I think this expression makes a great choice for a newer whiskey drinker interested in learning more about different grains and their effect, as well as a respectable neat sipper as we move into colder weather.
Tasting Notes: Lux Row Four Grain Double Single Barrel Bourbon
Vital Stats: 57.5% ABV; wheated barrel: number 8119674 and filled 08/14/18, ryed barrel: number 8086566 and filled 07/11/18; aged minimum 4 years; 750mL
Appearance: No legs to speak of, very translucent, medium amber with an olive green tint
Nose: A bit of a warm nose. Surprisingly earthy with notes of both fresh grass and violets, not much indicator of the softness or spice that’s about to come.
Palate: Very light texture, an herbal sort of start with a hint of myrrh moves quickly into baking spice on the end in a light but slightly lingering finish. The lightest breath of caramel sits on top of the other notes.