Kentucky Peerless

One of Kentucky’s Most Storied Bourbons Will Hit Shelves for the First Time Since Prohibition


June 23, 2019 Drinks By

Later this month, Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company will release its first new bourbon in 102 years.

Kentucky Peerless halted whiskey making after the beginning of World War I and ratification of the 18th Amendment. The second largest whiskey distillery in Kentucky at the time of its closure, it was revived in 2015 by the original founder’s great-grandson, Corky Taylor, and re-debuted with a rye.

The bourbon is another addition to the non-chill filtered bourbon space. It’s also technically cask strength, despite clocking in at a comparatively low 107 proof. This is due to a low barrel entry proof, a distilling style used by the likes of Wild Turkey and Michter’s. Also notable is the use of a sweet mash in place of the more typical sour mash — a switch many newer whiskey distillers have gone with of late.

According to the Louisville Courier Journal, the bourbon was aged four years and should carry a retail price “between $69 and $79.” Kentucky Peerless says its bourbon will be available first on June 22 at the distillery, then make its way to select retailers around Kentucky shortly thereafter.

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