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Daviess County Cabernet Finished Bourbon Review

Daviess Cabernet Cabernet Finished Bourbon Review

Daviess County
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Finished in Cabernet Sauvignon Casks
Lux Row Distillers
96 Proof
MSRP: $45

Please enjoy our Daviess County Cabernet Finished Bourbon Review by Ray Marcano

Daviess County Cabernet Sauvignon Finished Bourbon

If you want a bourbon that will surprise you, try this.


Lux Row relaunched Daviess County in 2020 under three different labels, with the cabernet barrel finish being one of them (sour mash and French oak finish are the other two). If you have a hard time finding a bottle, there’s a reason. Lux Row only released 4,000 bottles.

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.

Daviess County Cabernet Sauvignon Finished Bourbon Tasting Notes

Let’s taste it:
🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn
👉🏻Nose: Red wine, licorice
👉🏻Taste: Honey, black currants, burned brown sugar
👉🏻Finish: Sweet black plum, wine, caramel


I mean, wow. First, the thick mouth feel surprised me and reminded me of a sauterne, a sweet dessert wine. The red wine comes through big on the nose but quickly calms down. The deep, dark fruit does bring hints of cabernet, but it’s not so overwhelming that it overpowers the flavors of the bourbon, a flaw in a number of finished bourbon products.

Conclusion – Daviess County Cabernet Finished Bourbon

The character reminds me of dessert wine, so I had a pour with a chocolate cookie, and I thought my taste buds would explode. The chocolate altered the taste and the wine barrel sensation popped, reminding me of a good Merlot. The finish contained a potpourri of chocolate, licorice, black currants, and the sweetness of plums. Whether you drink it with or without dessert, this one is a winner.

Have you tried the Daviess County Cabernet Finished Bourbon? What do you think?

I hope you have enjoyed our Daviess County Cabernet Sauvignon Finished Bourbon Review by Ray Marcano. Ray publishes a free monthly newsletter, The Bourbon Resource. You can subscribe here. Would you like to read about another Daviess County Bourbon? Check out my Daviess County Bourbon Finished in French Oak Casks Review!

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