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 French Oak finish, in which the base Daviess County straight bourbon has been finished for 6 months in French Oak barrels. This release is bottled at 96 proof and costs $45.
Nose – Oak, caramel, a thick creamy vanilla, with a very subtle spice on the tail end.
Palate – Very much in line with the nose. Caramel and Vanilla lead the way with a very nice creamy mouth feel. There is a pleasant oak influence serving as the backbone for the whole experience. Finish is medium-long shifting from sweet oak to a subtle spice leaving behind that creamy mouthfeel.
Score – B
Verdict – This French Oak finished bourbon is very enjoyable and dangerously easy to drink. Whereas the Cabernet finish caters to those who enjoy a bold spicy bourbon, the French Oak finish caters to those who prefer bourbons with the sweeter caramel and vanilla notes. All in all the Daviess County line offers some nice choices that should appeal to majority of the bourbon market, and all have a very affordable price tag.