Peerless Small Batch Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
Delivering a buttery mouthfeel with toasted rye and baking spice notes, Peerless Small Batch Kentucky is the only craft producer on our list. It’s hard to pinpoint why this young rye succeeds where others fail, but one point of difference is the use of sweet mash fermentation, rather than the much more common sour mash technique, where spent mash is added to the new fermentation. Furthermore, the Peerless warehouse achieves temperatures upward of 110 degrees. Whatever the technical reasons, Peerless is paving the way and we expect more craft distillers to join them.
A well-balanced small-batch rye whiskey from Peerless Distilling Co. that offers notes of maple syrup, brown sugar, delicate citrus and oak spice throughout the palate.
Peerless Small Batch Kentucky release is the first bourbon release for Louisville-based Peerless Distilling Co. Like the distillery’s rye whiskey releases, this too is produced using a sweet mash rather than a sour mash. The Kentucky straight bourbon is bottled at cask strength without chill-filtration. Released June 2019.
This barrel proof single barrel rye is non-chill filtered. Distilled, aged, and bottled in the heart of downtown Louisville. This unique single barrel hand-selected by Total Wine exhibits maple, brown sugar, and light floral notes with hints of oak and vanilla on the finish.
Peerless is a storied brand that dates back to the 1880’s when it was first barreled and sold by E.W. Worsham & Co. Operations based in Henderson, Kentucky. Like so many other distilleries during the time, the distillery and the Peerless brand became a victim of Prohibition.
Appearance / Color:
Nose / Aroma / Smell:
Pepper and grass with a hint of pumpkin pie.
Flavor / Taste / Palate:
Cinnamon spice, candied corn and a touch of mint.
Full bodied with a surprising smoothness for Rye Whiskey.