About – “With a heritage dating back to 1874, Daviess County Distilling Company was one of the first great bourbon distilleries of Kentucky. It also paved the way for more than a dozen other distilleries that opened in Daviess County pre-Prohibition. Now, in honor of the county’s rich history, we are reintroducing Daviess County Bourbon to the world. Featuring a unique blend of ryed and wheated mashbills, it’s a masterpiece unmatched in both flavor and heritage.” Lux Row has relaunched the Daviess County line with 3 variants, a straight bourbon, a straight bourbon finished in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, and a straight bourbon finished in French Oak barrels. Today we review the Cabernet Sauvignon finish, in which the base Daviess County straight bourbon is finished for 6 months in Napa Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. This release is bottled at 96 proof and costs $45.

Nose – Rich and Spicy. Dark fruits and vanilla with a big blast of black pepper.

Palate – A deep berry note followed by the huge blast of black pepper from the nose that carries over into a long finish. When the pepper finally subsides there is a nice cola note lingering around. A drop of water tames the spice down and introduces some caramel to the profile.

Score – B

Verdict – This is a big bold pour. It drinks a bit hot out of the bottle but rounds out with a drop of water. The most surprising thing to me is the amount of spice the base bourbon picked up from the Cabernet finishing. At $45 a bottle this is a no brainer for anyone who like bold spicy bourbon.

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