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I dove headfirst into Daviess County’s Double Barrel Bourbon for this tasting, disregarding the prominent duck insignia on the label, satisfied only to discover a delicious new bourbon. Then, as I began to research the Daviess County Bourbon and the creators of Daviess County, Lux Row Distillers, I uncovered the partnership with Ducks Unlimited.
Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of North American waterfowl habitats. The company has contributed to clean-up efforts following the Deepwater Horizon spill, as well as other oil spills and hazardous waste disasters. In addition to these efforts, Ducks Unlimited works to restore grasslands and watersheds, replant forests, and works with landowners to create a more wildlife-friendly environment on their farms and ranches.
Lux Row Distillers is an officially licensed partner with Ducks Unlimited, and together they have created the Daviess County Double Barrel Bourbon. Of the expression, Ducks Unlimited member and Lux Row Master Distiller John Rempe says, “The double-barrel finishing process that goes into Daviess County Double Barrel Bourbon is a perfect nod to our Ducks Unlimited partnership, and it brings a unique flavor profile to our latest Daviess County offering.”
Utilizing six barrel warehouses and a 43-foot custom copper still, Lux Row Distillers is a premiere stop along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The natural resources inherent to Kentucky are a key factor in the development of delicious flavors, including high-quality grains and fine limestone filtered water.
Daviess County Double Barrel Bourbon is finished in Missouri white-oak barrels with #2 char and toasted heads. While this bourbon has the same mash bill as other Daviess County releases, the double-barrel finish offers a unique taste and deeply developed flavor profile. The limited-edition release with Ducks Unlimited is sure to attract the attention of wildlife enthusiasts as well as those bourbon lovers looking for a delectable new double-barrel bourbon.
Tasting Notes: Daviess County Double Barrel Bourbon
Vital Stats: Two bourbon mash bills, including one with wheat and another with rye. Toasted heads and #2 char. Aged four years in original barrel, then finished in Missouri white oak barrels. 96 proof (48% ABV). Suggested retail price $49.99. Bardstown, Kentucky.
Appearance: The bourbon is a clear amber with medium viscosity.
Nose: Glorious notes of green apple and caramel. Cut stem, a musty sweetness, and elements of the tasting room of a winery come through on the nose.
Palate: There’s a low heat that builds to a comforting warmth. Herbal elements including notes of tarragon and basil stand out, along with the green apple of the nose and a dark cocoa finish. The sweetness is not overwhelming, and the bourbon is a bit of a puzzle for the palate. No one flavor takes over, but all blend perfectly for a seriously enjoyable taste.
In addition to collaborating with a great nonprofit like Ducks Unlimited, Daviess County Double Barrel Bourbon has a top-notch flavor profile that I am more than happy to squirrel away for a dark night.
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Jerry Jenae Sampson
Jerry Sampson is a freelance writer, editor and screenwriter. Her creative work is ever improved by her love of whiskey and craft cocktails. She enjoys taking cool fall days to explore the great distilleries around Portland to get a closer look at the inner workings of her favorite spirits.