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Daviess County Bourbon Review

Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review

Daviess County
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Sour Mash
Lux Row Distillers
96 Proof
MSRP: $40

Please enjoy our Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey review by Ray Marcano

This is a bourbon that had only been back on the market for two years, and we’re certainly glad it is.


Lux Row Distillers relaunched Daviess County in 2020 under three different labels — Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Cabernet Sauvignon Finished, and Kentucky Straight Bourbon – French Oak Barrel Finished — and released only 4,000 bottles of each. According to press information, the brand honors Daviess County, which boasts a long history of distillers. The Daviess County Distilling Company opened in 1874 and survived prohibition by selling “bonded medicinal whiskey.” Most recently, Lux Row released the limited edition Daviess County Lightly Toasted Barrel Finished Bourbon.

Mash Bill

Daviess County does not make its mash bill public. However, Daviess County Bourbons are unique in that they are a blend of both a straight wheated bourbon and a traditional 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) of the 2 straight bourbons. Age is 4+ years.

Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Tasting Notes

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Honey, citrus
👉🏻Taste: Orange, vanilla, honey, pepper
👉🏻Finish: Orange, caramel, vanilla


Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbon is another in a line of bourbons that has a lighter color but a heavier taste. Citrus, specifically orange, is the predominant flavor here. There’s also a teeny bit of grapefruit that balances out the flavors. The pepper is the big surprise at the end, but no wonder. Daviess County is a blend of wheated and “rye” bourbons and that little kick shows off a nicely blended pour.

Conclusion – Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

This is what I call a nice, light summer drink. It’s great for sipping and doesn’t need a thing to keep it enjoyable. Sour mash means a sweeter bourbon since distillers take old mash and use it to start the fermentation of a new mash. I love sweeter bourbons, but you’ll like this one even if you prefer a more traditional style.

Have you tried Daviess County Straight Bourbon? What do you think?

I hope you have enjoyed our Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey review by Ray Marcano. Ray publishes a free monthly newsletter, The Bourbon Resource. You can subscribe here. If you would like to read some additional Daviess County Bourbon reviews, check out our Daviess County Cabernet Finished Bourbon Review and our Daviess County Bourbon Finished in French Oak Casks Review!

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