Lux Row Distillers – Ezra Brooks 99 & Rebel 100

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Lux Row Distillers

What better way of launching back into the whisky (spelt whiskey today) community than with one of the Whisky Wire’s amazing Flash Blog’s. This time we’ll be delving into the wonderful world of American whiskey and trying two releases from Lux Row Distillers. If you’d like to keep up to date with all the participant’s thoughts on these releases, you’ll just need to search #LuxRowWhiskey on the old social media to get full picture of what everyone thought.

The two whiskies we’ll be trying today should be a terrific comparison due to the differences in their initial mash bills. The first dram (is it a dram if it’s a bourbon?) is Ezra Brooks 99 Kentucky Straight Bourbon, is a more rye heavy mash bill. The second, Rebel 100 Kentucky Straight Bourbon, features more wheat in the mix. What sort of difference does that make? Have a look below for my thoughts.

Ezra Brooks 99
Lux Row Distillers
49.5% ABV
Around £35 for a 75cl bottle

Nose: It starts with a snapping of refreshers chews. For those not in the UK, and those that value their teeth, this is a chewy sweet which is filled with lemon sherbet. A waft of icing sugar comes through before an almost chalky bath bomb aroma sneaks in. Cinnamon snaps comes through at the end to round it off.

Palate: As you’d expect from a higher proof bourbon – the prickly dry oak heat is what first tingles the palate. It doesn’t take long thought before the sugared lemons from the nose start to roll over the tongue. These a complimented by light touches of vanilla flickering through and the warm spices of hot crossed buns.

 

Rebel 100
Lux Row Distillers
50% ABV
Around £35 for a 75cl bottle

Nose: The nose is surprisingly subtle and intriguingly fresh. There’s a nice mixture of aniseed and mint which gives the whiskey a feel of freshness without being overwhelming. Cream soda or a scoop of particularly good vanilla ice cream (the stuff made with real vanilla, not that pesky extract) is there at the end. I don’t think may people would guess this was a 100-proof whiskey on the nose.

Palate: Cream meets jawbreakers. Again, it’s surprisingly subtle but the light vanilla touches are juxtaposed by warming aniseed. It’s October, so it could be Pavlovian conditioning, but dare I suggest pumpkin spice? Again, I don’t think many people would call the strength of this due to it’s subtle nature.

Overall: Two very different yet very drinkable bourbons. The Ezra is certainly more for people that like their whiskey to bite back (if just a little) and the Rebel 100 is for people that want an easy drinking 100-proof whiskey (I’m sure that’s a real demographic). The Rebel’s high proof but subtle nature could really lend to some wonderfully sippable whiskey cocktails – a tasty and refreshing Mint julep for instance. The price won’t be an obstacle when it comes to mixing either- these are both great value for what you’re getting.

Jason

 

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