Lux Row 12 Year Double Barrel Bourbon Review

Have you ever had a bourbon that you would drink every day if it weren't so hard to find? The Lux Row 12-year Double Barrel Bourbon is in that category. This is a special bottle. As good as the bottle looks and feels the bourbon tastes far better.

Please enjoy our Lux Row 12-year Double Barrel Bourbon review by Ray Marcano

Lux Row
12 Year Double Barrel Bourbon
MSRP: $150+ (usually only at the distillery gift shop)
118.4 Proof
Review

Please enjoy our Lux Row 12-year Double Barrel Bourbon review by Ray Marcano

Have you ever had a bourbon that you would drink every day if it weren’t so hard to find? The Lux Row 12-year Double Barrel Bourbon is in that category.

History

Luxco, Lux Row’s parent company, has been around since 1958 but didn’t start distilling its own bourbon until 2018, when it opened its Lux Row facility in Bardstown, KY. That happens to be the year Lux Row launched the Lux Row 12-year Double Barrel Bourbon from sourced and unnamed distilleries. Even the bourbon’s proof, at 118.4, nods to the distillery, which opened in April 2018.

What’s in a Name?

The name Double Barrel Bourbon needs a little clarification. The term “double barreled” or “double oaked” often refers to a whiskey that is aged in one barrel and then dumped into a second barrel for further aging or finishing. However, that is not the case here. This bourbon is made in very small batches, by blending two select barrels together. Thus, there have been many different versions of this very small batch bourbon since it was initially released.

Mash Bill

Lux Row 12-year Double Barrel Bourbon does not make its mash bill public.

Tasting Notes

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn
👉Nose: Dark cherry, sherry, cognac
👉Taste: Orange peel, cherry, blackberry, vanilla
👉Finish: Deep cherry, caramel, oak

Summary

This is one of the more well-balanced and utterly delightful bourbons I’ve recently tasted. Lux Row bests several high-proof and overpriced bourbons in the $100-plus price range. Its character, thick mouthfeel, and explosion of flavors make this a home run.

Conclusion

This is a special bottle. Lux Row outdid itself with a hefty bottle topped with the heaviest bottle stopper I’ve ever held. As good as the bottle looks and feels the bourbon tastes far better. Lux Row distributes about 6,000 bottles of these annually, and I’m lucky enough to have two. Due to demand, the Lux Row website notes that this tough-to-get bourbon may not even be available at its distillery. If you see a bottle, treat yourself to one.

I hope you have enjoyed our Lux Row 12-year Double Barrel Bourbon review by Ray Marcano. Ray publishes a free monthly newsletter, The Bourbon Resource. You can subscribe here. If you would like to read about another Lux Row bourbon, check out our Daviess County Cabernet Finished Bourbon Review! You can also learn more about the company and distillery by reading our Lux Row Distillers Distillery write up.

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