Whiskey Row Distiller’s Select Bourbon Whiskey

whiskey rowWhiskey Row Bourbon Whiskey

88 proof; no age statement


The story: Whiskey Row is a bourbon blended by Kentucky Artisan Distillery, a new distillery started in a former ice cream factory in Crestwood, Ky., by a partnership including former Brown-Forman president Stephen Thompson. The name pays tribute to Louisville’s Whiskey Row; the label features an 1864 etching of Main Street. Kentucky Artisan eventually plans to distill its own bourbon as well as serve as a cooperative for others who want to produce spirits.

Aroma: Sweet, lots of corn – like kettlecorn; also a grassy botanical note

Taste: Soft on entry, dry through the mid-palate, a little fire at the end. Sweet, lots of grains, white pepper, nutmeg on the short finish.

The verdict: While there is no age statement, this has to be a fairly young blend – it can’t be much more than four years old. It’s not terribly complex but not in a bad way; it would make a good mixing bourbon. There’s more fire than you might expect from an 88 proof bourbon. I found that an ice cube helped to smooth the rough edges.

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4 Responses to Whiskey Row Distiller’s Select Bourbon Whiskey

  1. Anita Wright says:

    Will this now be available on a regular basis? I’m from KY, don’t live there now, but would like to buy some when I come in for Derby. Will it be sold in any other states? I have a condo in the Whiskey Row vicinity, but don’t get there as often as I’d like.

    • thebourbonbabe says:

      Hi, Anita — it should be available here in Louisville. I’m not sure about other states, but here is contact info for the distillery: (502) 241 -3070; Cmiller@whiskeyrow.com. They should be able to answer that question. Cheers!

  2. Peter R says:

    I just bought a bottle at the Liquor Barn on Hurstbourne tonight, 12/11. Only $38.99 and certainly worth the price!

  3. Tom Schmidt says:

    Passed through Louisville a couple of weeks ago and visited the Kentucky Artisan Distillary because we like one of the other brands they produce (Jefferson). Picked up a bottle of Whiskey Row and it does not disappoint. In fact, I used it to make a whiskey sour and you’re right, it’s really good for mixing. Would definitely buy it again and, because I live in Illinois, I’ll be ordering it online because it’s only sold in Kentucky (and maybe Missouri though I haven’t found it there yet).

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