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Daviess County Lightly Toasted Bourbon Review

Daviess County
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Finished in Lightly Toasted American Oak Barrels
96 Proof
Lux Row Distillers
MSRP: $49.99

Please enjoy our Daviess County Lightly Toasted Bourbon Review by Ray Marcano

Daviess County Lightly Toasted Bourbon

A little more heat and a little more oak make a recipe for an excellent bourbon.


Lux Row Distillers continued the expansion of its Daviess County brand with the August 2022 release of its Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Lightly Toasted American Oak Barrels with a limited release of 3,000 six-packs (18,000 bottles). Lux Row noted that this bourbon contains the same ryed and wheated bourbon blend as the other bourbons in the Daviess County line. However, its unique flavor profile comes from the lightly toasted barrel finish.

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.

Tasting Notes – Daviess County Lightly Toasted Bourbon

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Pepper, honey, caramel, vanilla, oak 
👉🏻Taste: Honey, cane sugar, caramel 
👉🏻Finish: Caramel corn, a hint of banana’s foster, brown sugar streusel topping


This is a classic sipping bourbon, having all the properties you would expect, combined with the added flavors of a product that has been lightly toasted. Furthermore, the oak isn’t at all overpowering, and it’s a pleasant compliment to honey, caramel, and vanilla on the nose. At first, I was stumped on the finish. But, after sitting for a few seconds, the dominant caramel and brown sugar came through, and reminded me (slightly) of banana’s foster and more definitely of the brown sugar streusel topping I use on apple pie. 


Lux Row has another winner in its latest Daviess County release. This one, again, has more straight bourbon qualities than the finished bourbons they released in 2020. Nothing wrong with those at all.  Here’s hoping Lux Row makes more of this available in future releases.

I hope you have enjoyed our Daviess County Lightly Toasted Bourbon review by Ray Marcano. Ray publishes a free monthly newsletter, The Bourbon Resource. You can subscribe here. If you would like to read about more Daviess County bourbons, check out our Daviess County Cabernet Finish Bourbon Review and our Daviess County Bourbon Finished in French Oak Casks Review.

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