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Daviess County Bourbon Finished in French Oak Casks Review

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Daviess County Bourbon Finished in French Oak Casks
Daviess County
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Finished in French Oak Casks
Lux Row Distillers
96 Proof

The bottle back label tells us “This unique bourbon finished in French oak casks honors the rich history and tradition started in 1874 by the Daviess County Distilling Co – one of Kentucky’s original distilleries that helped contribute to the state’s reputation as the home of great bourbon.” Apparently, back in the day, Daviess County was home to 20 distilleries, although today that number has dwindled to 3.

In early 2020 Lux Row Distillers launched the three bourbons of the Daviess County Line: a Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Kentucky Straight Bourbons with Cabernet Sauvignon and French Oak Finishes. The French Oak Finish and Cabernet Finish rest for 6 months in their respective barrels.

Daviess County Bourbon Finished in French Oak Casks is a fairly unique bourbon, similar to the others in this line. It is the combination of both a straight wheated bourbon and a tradition straight rye bourbon. Rather than four grains being used for the initial distillate, as in some four grain bourbons, this one is a blend (or mingling as people like to say nowadays) of the 2 straight bourbons.

Tasting Notes

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Caramel, vanilla, rye spice, hint of chocolate, fruit stripe gum & bubble gum. There’s a little mustiness, but not in a bad way. Moderate alcohol
👉🏻Taste: Caramel, rye spice, honey sweetness, light bubblegum
👉🏻Finish: Sweetness and spice continue and moderate oak develops with some light char; Bubblegum lingers as well. Mild alcohol. Moderately long finish.

Flavor changes with time

This is an interesting one. I bought this bottle back when it was first released, maybe 6 or 8 months ago. On my first tastes, I have to say, I really wasn’t a fan. It was OK, but it tasted to me like a cross between Wild Turkey 101 and Old Grand-Dad 114, both of which I really like, but this one is twice the price so I figured I would just stick with those two. So, I put it on the shelf and forgot about it.

Well, I have to say this is yet another bourbon that has really changed with time. The flavors are now much more complex (where did the fruity gum and vanilla flavors come from??) and I am enjoying it quite a bit!

Have you tried Daviess County Bourbon Finished in French Oak Casks? What did you think? Did yours change over time, too?

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Want to learn more? Check out the press release announcing the release of the Daviess County Bourbons.