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In the bourbon world we see bottles adorned with labels touting family history, secret recipes, and many other things along those lines; however, what we don’t often see is a crossover from Italy to the U.S. that spawns a whiskey brand to bridge the gap between the two.
Francesco Viola, owner of Luca Mariano, has found a way to tie his lineage–and family names–together in a modern way. With bourbon! Pulling the Mariano name from his grandfather, and pairing it with his son’s name (Luca), he launched the brand Luca Mariano as a means of continuing a hand-me-down hobby in the form of distillation.
According to the Luca Mariano website, Francesco tinkered with distilling in his home garage until he was made aware that doing so was–let’s just say–not quite compliant with the law. Rather than calling it quits, he decided to take the long and difficult path to creating his own whiskey brand.
This is what the brand has to say:
The Viola family has been perfecting their Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Rye Whiskey recipe for over 100 years. Now, they are excited to release it to the public. Luca Mariano bourbon and whiskeys are aged in charred, new oak barrels to perfection and inspected thoroughly before bottling, ensuring only the highest quality of bourbon and whiskey in every bottle.
The long-term goal of the brand is to include distillation, aging, and a visitor’s center on the premise of the 300 acre farm they purchased in Danville, KY in 2017.
In all honesty I think the details surrounding the beginning of the brand are a bit difficult to make sense of. But details are easy to iron out, whereas bourbon is not. Let’s have a taste of the product and see what it has to say for itself.