Originally operating as Worsham Distilling Company, Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company began in Henderson, Kentucky in the early 1880s. In 1889, Peerless Whiskey production began to flourish under the leadership of the entrepreneur. and our ancestor, Henry Kraver. Kraver wasted no time making upgrades to machinery and investing in additional warehouses that eventually became U.S. Federally Bonded following the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. Thus, production of Peerless whiskey raised substantially from eight to over two hundred barrels a day. Through the early 1920s, the Peerless federally-bonded warehouses were used for whiskey storage under the armed protection of the U.S. Government. During Prohibition, Peerless product was one of the few available by prescription for medicinal use. The original Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. was Distilled Spirits Plant (DSP) number 50. Today, we are privileged to have that same number. The newly assigned DSP numbers are in the 20,000s. We are very happy to say DSP-KY-50 is our own. Now, five generations have been connected to Peerless. The family namesake was revived by Kraver’s great-grandson, Corky Taylor and his son, Carson Taylor. Not only have Corky and Carson personally revived the Peerless heritage, they have restored history in designing and rebuilding the remarkable distillery as it exists in downtown Louisville today.
The Peerless distillery is now a state-of-the-art facility with cutting-edge technology, making it one of the most automated distilleries. All under one roof, select Kentucky Peerless grains are milled, cooked, fermented, double-distilled, barreled and bottled as bourbon and rye whiskey.
The bouquet opens sweet with toasted oak, caramel, spicy young rye, vanilla, faint green apples, warm earthy baking spices, red fruit, dark chocolate, and barrel smoke emerge to give a complex and balanced nose. The palate opens viscous with tart green apples caramelised in brown sugar and earthy baking spices, followed by a hefty kick of dry and young rye spice, dark chocolate, and slightly tannic charred oak. The finish opens with a flash of baking spice and rye heat before dark chocolate and faint red fruit emerge to accompany the lingering aftertaste of herbaceous charred oak and warm earthy rye.