Kentucky Peerless Straight Bourbon

Peerless Kentucky Peerless Straight Bourbon

(0.75l, 54.45%)

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Worth the wait — Kentucky Peerless Straight Bourbon is creamy, rich, and satisfying.

The current iteration of Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company came about just a few years ago in 2015. But the roots go WAY back to the late 1800s when an ancestor of the current owners — Henry Kraver — built a thriving business distilling some of the best American Whiskey around from their home base in Henderson, Kentucky. They would have continued operations had it not been for a temporary ban on distilling in World War I to preserve corn. Now owned by Corky Taylor and run by his son Carson and master distiller Caleb Kilburn, their Peerless Rye was declared one of the top 20 Whiskies in the world in 2017.

The Taylors have been making award-winning Rye Whiskey since they re-opened the doors in 2015. Their Kentucky Peerless Straight Bourbon — as they like to say — is the first Peerless Bourbon available without a prescription in more than 100 years. And it just might be worth the wait. It’s a four-year-old that was barreled at a lower proof (~107, which is 53.5% ABV). Bottling at a lower proof cost more but yields a richer, fuller flavor. Then the resulting Bourbon is bottled at cask strength — which over time and evaporation has increased to about 54.45% ABV. It’s worth noting that they do NOT use chill filtration, which really adds a lovely texture and mouth feel.

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citrus zest
toasted oak
burnt caramel
spicy notes
white pepper
What does Kentucky Peerless Straight Bourbon taste like?

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Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Rich Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Right out of the glass you get notes of rye bread, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and candied apricots.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The mouth-feel is rich and creamy with a thick body and notes of vanilla custard followed by bright citrus zest, white pepper, caramel, and toasted oak.

The finish is medium length and filled with warmth and baking spices.
Ratings & Reviews
One of my favorites so far. Very smooth considering the proof, nice appearance, and great flavor. Lots of vanilla and some caramel.
One of the best bottles on my bar. It is well balanced, rich, with classic bourbon flavors.
I wanted this to be better. It is good, but maybe too young for the price point. Not a bad bourbon by any means. Worth having one in your collection.
Citrus, orange specifically, smooth as honey. During a bourbon tour in Louisville, the entire group to a person picked this as the top of the trip
Has a sweet undertone to it with a slow, enjoyable burn. Very good bourbon.
I like this one quite a bit. I bought based on other favorable reviews and reputation as I enjoyed prior Peerless Rye products. I like that they won't compromise their quality and the price of this is within range of similar proof products. Based on flavor profile, surprised this is a ~4 yr, but goes to show you that flavor is only partially directed by time in the barrel. Would buy again. Like that this is not $100+ like the rye, so becomes less of a big luxury to buy. Keep up the good work, and keep the quality up!
One of my new favorites. Super sweet on the noise and delicate but rewarding on the palate. A bit of spice, citrus, toast & yummo! ;-) super excited about this!! Go get it!
Smooth, somewhat sweet, but enjoyable
Soft, smooth, thirst quenching light finish
How Peerless gets 4 year old bourbon to taste this good is hard to fathom. It's got great flavor, although some people will find it a little "hot". If so, add a touch of water, and you'll find it sweetens up considerably. I prefer it full strength usually to bask in the glory. Their small batch is a great drink that stands up against much older products, but the real treasures are their single barrels. Their sweet mash process has resulted in some of the best tasting bourbon and rye I've ever had, and I've tasted a lot of whiskey. Just thinking about it on here again might make me run by the distillery next weekend and pickup the latest single barrels.
If I could drink 5 bourbons for the rest of my life, this would be one of them. Very smooth, very good.
Exceptionally smooth!
Really enjoyed this one. Nice balanced flavors. Easy to enjoy. Not too sharp. Not smoky or Peaty. Just nice flavors
Fantastic Bourbon, rich and sweet with a nice balance of oak and spice. Pairs extremely well with a cigar if you're so inclined.
Excellent Bourbon. has the most sought after effect when drinking whiskey of making my mouth water as I drink it.
Full bodied and full flavored. Excellent bourbon with an ice cube or a little water.
On the nose, deep vanilla and burnt caramels are present with a faint citrus zing to taper off. The palate is immediately filled with toasted oak, mild spice of pepper with a dash of cinnamon and Homemade Cherry Cola from an Old Fashioned Drug Store during the 80’s to round the taste out. On the finish, dashes of butterscotch, vanilla and cherry syrup embark on a journey of nostalgia as if you’ve sampled Peerless Bourbon before... This is truly a unique bourbon. Side note: This drinks well below it’s proof and above it’s age. . . . Additional notes: Pour an ounce or two over vanilla bean ice cream, it will change your life. Cheers!
Good but I don’t know why they have here for 120.. just got it today for 70 and I probably overpaid a bit
Prices vary depending on where you are, and the availability in that region. Coming up as 130 for me in FL.
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