Peerless Small Batch Bourbon Quick Stats:
Spirit: Peerless Small Batch Bourbon
Distiller: Peerless Distilling
Aged: NAS / 4+ years
About The Distillery:
Peerless originally operated 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 an entrepreneur. Our ancestor, Henry Kraver. Kraver wasted no time making upgrades to machinery and investing in additional warehouses. These eventually became U.S. Federally Bonded following the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. By doing so, production of Peerless whiskey raised substantially from eight to over two hundred barrels a day.
The Peerless distillery is now a state-of-the-art facility with cutting-edge technology. Because of that, it is one of the most automated distilleries. Select Kentucky Peerless grains are milled, cooked, fermented, double-distilled, barreled and bottled as bourbon and rye whiskey. All under one roof. After five generations of bourbon makers, we have the patience to make your favorite bourbon.
About The Bottle:
Peerless Kentucky Straight Bourbon upholds the promise of producing top-notch spirits from the historic distillery. Unlike rye, which features more hay and pepper, Peerless® Bourbon is rooted in fruits, florals, and oaks. The nose features citrus, cedar, and honeysuckle as well as a nice balance of spicy oak. The first sip is that of caramel and toasted oak before a multitude of notes from around the flavor wheel show up on the palate. The finish showcases an enduring duel between sweet and spicy notes. Citrus, florals, and sweet oak tussle with dry cocoa, cinnamon, and spicy oak. Resulting in an amazing whiskey. Fascinating for everyone from beginners to connoisseurs. Every drop of Peerless Whiskey is honestly crafted and never sourced. Never chill-filtered.
Strictly sweet mash. Barrel proof. No water added. Made in the USA.
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Notes & Review
Nose: Fruity oak and tobacco. Lovely vanilla candy and caramel.
Palate: Pronounced, unafraid. Charred oak, sweetness and tobacco. Tingling of cherry sherbet and caramel on the top of the tongue.
Finish: Balanced. Extended palate flavors. The smoky oak and tobacco into rye spiciness. Lingering caramel sugar.
Review: This is a bourbon.
What I mean by that is it’s a great encapsulation of what makes people love bourbon. Picture in your head what the ideal experience of drinking a bourbon is to you. Mine’s sitting in front of a fireplace at a cabin in the mountains. There’s a chill in the air and I’m cradling a small glass of the golden spirit getting ready to doze off for the evening. Drinking this bourbon draws that picture to mind for me.
The nose is fantastic. It gives you a great summation of the bourbon before you kick off the journey. Sweetness with the boldness. Fruit and oak. Caramel and tobacco. Vanilla and char.
The palate greets you with those notes you found in the nose and then turns it up a notch. It’s not afraid to bring out those notes of char, oak and tobacco and have you taste them. It balances them out well with the sweet fruity notes of cherries coated in caramel and flash frozen.
More of a continuation of the palate. The smoky oak and tobacco flavors transfer into a spiciness you’d be more accustomed to in a rye. The robustness of the finish is again matched by the sweetness the pour manages to retain throughout.
Balance is the word that keeps coming to mind when describing this pour.
While Peerless manages to constantly innovate with their plethora of unique expressions, they are still able to create a bourbon that brings with it such a classic experience. That is insanely impressive to me. Peerless definitely has a keeper on their hands with this small batch bourbon.