In June, Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company released its first new bourbon in 102 years.
Kentucky Peerless halted whiskey-making after the beginning of World War I with the 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.
Starting now, the former Kentucky-exclusive bourbon will be found on shelves in New York, Florida, Texas, California, Illinois and Georgia as well, with nationwide availability to follow. Suggested retail price for bottles of the four-year-old bourbon is set at $70.
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