Gold Star Vol. 25 No. 10

Kentucky Peerless Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey


Kentucky Peerless Distillery is a relatively new Kentucky whiskey distillery but one with a rich and storied history, nonetheless. Originally founded in the later part of the 19th century, Peerless whiskey almost survived Prohibition with a medicinal use permit, but rebuilding in the wake of Repeal proved too difficult. In 2015, the distillery was revived by the owner’s great-grandson, Corky Taylor, in a new, state-of-the-art facility in downtown Louisville, complete with the original DSP (Distilled Spirits Plant) number, KY-50. The first whiskey to come off the new Peerless still was this, a Straight Rye Whiskey, bottled at cask strength without chill-filtration and made using the unique “sweet mashing” technique. That process allows the spirit to be distilled and barreled at a lower proof, preserving more of the flavor in the spirit, which shows in the complexity and elegance of the final product. On the nose, this whiskey showcases a delicate balance of rye spice, dried apple, silky toffee, and buttery oak. It’s approachable, even at healthy cask strength, with notes of caramel apple, clove chewing gum, and rye toast rolling across the palate into a generous, warming finish of cinnamon candies and Andes mints.

Gold Star

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Alcohol %:  55.75
Country: United States
Producer:  Kentucky Peerless Distillery, web page:

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