About Peerless Black Friday Private Barrel Edition Straight Rye Whiskey
Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. traces their roots back to the 1880’s, to the heart of Henderson Kentucky. Peerless Whiskey was founded by a businessman with a bold personality Henry Kraver, who revived the brand from the brink of ruin in the late 1880s. Under Kraver’s guidance, rose from the ashes, increasing production 25-fold. But the growth of the brand was subsequently stunted by the very unforgiving era of Prohibition.
Now, a century later, Peerless Whisky is in the hands of Kraver’s great-grandson Corky Taylor and great-great-grandson Carson Taylor. Keeping Kraver’s legacy alive, the duo has resurrected the brand, even distilling under the original Distilled Spirits Plant number, DSP-KY-50 in a centuries-old warehouse in downtown Louisville, near the Ohio River. Peerless Whiskey is distilled using a process that values quality over cost. They use a sweet mash, which is costlier than the more commonly used sour mash.
Single Barrel selections allow for concentration on a particular barrel’s unique characteristics. These different whiskey profile selections are meticulously compared, and once a barrel is chosen, it is bottled exclusively and given a special label. Each barrel can yield anywhere between 216 to 230 bottles.
In honor of Black Friday, Corky Taylor, 4th generation, carefully hand selected this unique cask, one that highlights the distinctive natural profiles featured in this three-year-old private barrel. “Bottled at barrel proof, so our patrons experience the same robust characteristics that were chosen specially for them” (producer). You can expect exceptional notes of caramel and vanilla and oak and pepper.
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As American as the bald eagle, rye whiskey was first brewed in the American Northeast in the 1600s. Even George Washington distilled it after leaving the Oval Office, so there’s no way of denying its origin.
It’s distinguished from bourbon for its original and unique spicy notes.
By law, rye whiskey must be made from at least 51% rye grain, aged in new and charred oak barrels for at least two years, and bottled at no more than 62,5% ABV.
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