Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company began in Henderson, KY under the leadership of an entrepreneur named Henry Kraver in 1889. Due to WWI and Prohibition, the Distillery was forced to close and ceased the production of its famous whiskey. In 2015, the family namesake was revived by Kraver’s great-grandson, Corky Taylor and his son Carson Taylor, 4th and 5th generation, in Louisville, KY.
As we embark on the next phase in the Kentucky Peerless legacy, we begin with a limited edition bottle collection simply called SERIES I. This seven bottle collection illustrates the journey from unaged bourbon to a premium Kentucky Bourbon. This will be the first bourbon bottled under the Kentucky Peerless name in 98 years.
Head Distiller, Caleb Kilburn, created a special batch of bourbon using the highest quality grains to produce a spirit that upholds the Peerless legacy. Once the bourbon has been distilled and proofed for barreling, we will fill Bottle #1, which represents “new make” unaged bourbon. This is a clear spirit since the alcohol has never touched an oak barrel, and it illustrates the first step of the journey to a carefully crafted and aged product.
The remaining bourbon is placed in six barrels and resides on a single end rick, where the maturation process will begin. After six months, a barrel will be taken down to create Bottle #2. This bourbon will be poured straight from the barrel with only minimal coarse screening to remove char. It will remain in its pristine and unaltered condition, perfectly capturing that moment in its aging.
The process described above will be repeated at the one year, two year, three year, four year and five year mark; creating bottles #3, #4, #5, #6 and #7 respectively. Through the seven bottle series you will observe the color of the bourbon change, and the flavors become more distinguished.
A Distiller’s Tasting Note will accompany each bottle explaining the flavors and aromas that are emerging at the time of bottling. Each bottle will be hand signed by our Head Distiller, Caleb Kilburn, along with Corky and Carson Taylor. The well-known barrel artist, Jason Cohen, has created a one-of-a-kind display rack that will showcase this distinguished collection.
Due to the angel’s share, the amount of alcohol present in each barrel will decrease over the five year period. With this in mind, we will only be able to create 300 SERIES I COLLECTIONS. They are available to you, our friends and patrons for $1,000.
We invite you to participate and witness firsthand the dedication Kentucky Peerless has in creating the highest quality bourbon worthy of our legendary namesake. Each of the seven bottles in SERIES I represents an experience that has been 98 years in the making. For bourbon enthusiasts, this is the most personal connection that you can have to Kentucky Peerless and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Federal law does not allow a Distillery to ship alcohol to an individual.
Your collection will be stored at Kentucky Peerless until you or someone you designate can pick it up in person.
If you are interested in purchasing a Kentucky Peerless Series I Collection please fill out the form below and a team member will get in-touch with you.