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Daviess County French Oak Finished Bourbon

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  • Distiller:

    Heaven Hill

  • Bottler:

    Lux Row

  • ABV:

    48%

  • Age:

    4 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
Synopsis:

French Oak brings significant complexity to the Daviess County base whiskey in this limited edition release from Lux Row. Oak, caramel and honey mingle well with tobacco, pepper and clove in a demonstration that makes this bottle the favorite of the three in the series. If you elect to buy all - great. If you elect to buy one, make it this bottle in the Daviess County three whiskey set.

  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: The French Oak finish puts a fun flavor spin on making this a very unique tasting bourbon that drinks more like a Scotch.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: The head of this first Daviees County class.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: In a cage match between the three expressions: Straight Bourbon, Cabernet Sauvignon Finish and French Oak Finish, this is the handy winner in my opinion.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: This evokes walking into a cabin deep in the woods, surrounded by fresh-cut oak.
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  • Synopsis:

    French Oak brings significant complexity to the Daviess County base whiskey in this limited edition release from Lux Row. Oak, caramel and honey mingle well with tobacco, pepper and clove in a demonstration that makes this bottle the favorite of the three in the series. If you elect to buy all - great. If you elect to buy one, make it this bottle in the Daviess County three whiskey set.

  • Intro:

    This is a combination of mashbills from an undisclosed distiller containing a wheated mashbill and a high rye mashbill. This combination is then finished for 6 months in French oak barrels. No age statement here, but this expression is bottled at 48% ABV. Let's get to it.

  • Nose:

    Sweet and spicy all at once. Fudge, caramel and zesty pepper play nicely with each other. Much more complex than the Cabernet finished expression - at least on the nose.

  • Taste:

    Thin on the palate, though there are plenty of flavors to be greeted with. Vanilla and caramel hit first, before a spicy pepper, clove and oak presence sink in. The finish is very apparent here as the sweet notes find a companion in more savory notes as well. Heat is perhaps a tinge too aggresive, but far from punishing.

  • Finish:

    Long finish with lots of pepper, clove, tobacco, oak and honey. Huge improvement over the cabernet and the regular bourbon release in a demonstrated increase in complexity and lots of flavor to ascertain.

  • Overall:

    I quite like this expression, and find it to be the best of the three in this set of whiskeys from Daviess County. In a cage match between the three expressions: Straight Bourbon, Cabernet Sauvignon Finish and French Oak Finish, this is the handy winner in my opinion.

  • Score:

    6

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