The Ezra Brooks brand was introduced in the late 1950s by the Hoffmann Distilling Company.
The distillery was run by Ezra Ripy who wanted to advantage of shortage of Jack Daniel’s (the square bottle and label were almost identical). Ripy and his employees decided that “Ezra Brooks” sounds very “Kentuckian” and is perfect for the brand name. In the 1970s the brand was acquired by Medley Distilling Co. who sold it to David Sherman in 1993. The latter changed its name to Luxco Inc. in 2006. Ezra Brooks presented here is a sourced bourbon, most likely from Heaven Hill Distillery. In 2018 however Luxco opened a distillery in Bardstown (Lux Row Distillers) and Ezra Brooks has been distilled there ever since.
Nose: light, vanilla, brown sugar, roasted peanuts, cocoa powder, dash of dried herbs and charred oak.
Palate: vanilla, buttered popcorn, caramel, plums, blackberries, mixed nuts, dash of pepper, hints of leather and oak.
Finish: medium long and smooth, with notes of vanilla, caramel, dash of mixed spice, nuts and oak.