In an effort to appease lovers of both ryed and wheated bourbon, Lux Row Distillers, based in Bardstown, Kentucky, has unveiled a unique mash-up: the Lux Row Four Grain Double Single Barrel Bourbon. This fascinating new addition will be available in limited quantities starting August 2023, with each 750 ml bottle retailing for a suggested price of $79.99.
The new offering, presented at 115 proof, pairs a single barrel of 4-year-old wheated bourbon with a single barrel of 4-year-old ryed bourbon. The wheated bourbon brings forward a smooth profile characterized by notes of caramel, citrus, and a velvety oak finish. In contrast, the ryed bourbon offers a spicier edge, with subtle caramel and vanilla nuances and a gentle finish. The marriage of these two single barrels culminates in a distinctive four-grain bourbon (corn, wheat, rye, and malted barley) that features a flavorful balance of both mashbills.
Eric Winter, Luxco’s whiskey brand manager, explains that the Lux Row 12 Year Bourbon’s immense success despite its limited availability in Kentucky was a catalyst for creating a bourbon for all markets. The ‘double single barrel mashbill’ of Lux Row Four Grain Double Single Barrel Bourbon, he adds, is a natural evolution from the double barrel mashbill of Lux Row 12 Year. This innovative combination of the distillery’s two mashbills delivers a four-grain bourbon that is certain to satisfy both ryed and wheated bourbon aficionados.
The Lux Row Four Grain Double Single Barrel follows the luxurious packaging tradition of Lux Row 12 Year, featuring a front metal-plate Lux Row logo and a custom metal-plate collar. Each bottle’s customized bottom label lists the barrel number and fill date of the two single barrels employed in crafting the bourbon. The side and neck labels highlight the four-grain characteristic of the bourbon’s mashbill.