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Have you ever embarked on a flavor journey that excited your palate in ways you never thought possible? If not, prepare to be delighted by the latest masterpiece from Lux Row Distillers. The craft spirits world is buzzing with the introduction of the Ezra Brooks 99 Port Wine Cask Finish, and let me tell you, it’s a game-changer in the realm of bourbon.

Imagine the rich, spicy notes of ryed bourbon meeting the lush, sweet undertones of port wine – sounds like a match made in heaven, right? Well, dream no more because this extraordinary blend is here to transform your whiskey experiences. Finished in port casks from the picturesque vineyards of Portugal for six whole months, this new addition to the Ezra Brooks family brings an elevated taste profile that’s both bold and smooth, with an additional layer of flavor notes that are truly unique.

Let’s dive a bit deeper for those who revel in the details. With a mash bill comprising 78% corn, 10% rye, and 12% malt, this 99-proof bourbon (that’s 49.5% ABV for the enthusiasts) is crafted with the highest quality ingredients. Its aging process, true to the old-fashioned way, and distinctive packaging, featuring prominent callouts and a special label color to highlight the port cask finish, make it not just a drink but an experience.

Eric Winter, the Ezra Brooks brand manager, shared the inspiration behind this creation with us. “We wanted to offer bourbon fans something truly special, an elevated taste profile with a unique flavor option that stands out,” he said. And Lux Row Master Distiller, John Rempe, with his visionary approach, found the perfect balance between the spicy flavor profile of ryed bourbon and the sweet, dark fruit notes typical of port wines.

What can you expect from your first sip? A symphony of vanilla, tobacco, and leather on the nose, followed by a harmonious blend of sweet fruitiness and dark chocolate on the palate. It’s a concoction that promises to please and surprise with every sip.

But wait, there’s more! This launch is just the beginning. The Ezra Brooks 99 family plans to introduce a series of annual finishes, each promising to be as captivating as the next. It’s an exciting time to be a bourbon lover, indeed.

Founded in St. Louis in 1958 by the Lux Family, Luxco has become a leading name in the beverage alcohol products scene. Now, as part of MGP Ingredients, Inc., Luxco continues to innovate, producing award-winning spirits that cater to a wide range of tastes and preferences.

So, to my fellow bourbon enthusiasts and curious novices alike, I urge you to explore the rich and complex world of Ezra Brooks 99 Port Wine Cask Finish. It’s more than just a bourbon; it’s a testament to the craft, a celebration of innovation, and a beacon for the community-oriented spirit that binds us all.

As we eagerly anticipate its arrival on shelves later this month, with a friendly price tag of $34.99 per 750 ml bottle, let’s raise our glasses to the artisans at Lux Row Distillers. Here’s to exploring uncharted territories in the land of craft spirits and to the endless possibilities that await us in our local craft beer and spirits communities.

Cheers to new discoveries, my friends – may your journey be as rich and rewarding as the Ezra Brooks 99 Port Wine Cask Finish promises to be!

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