Peerless Leaders

We are the Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. - Makers of Fine Bourbon and Rye Whiskey

Our roots run deep into the 1880’s through the heart of Henderson, Kentucky. Our ancestor, Henry Kraver, made the famous Peerless Whiskey a regional powerhouse. After ceasing operations during Prohibition, the Peerless label has laid dormant — until now. We've revived is legacy, a task that we do not take on lightly. The Peerless team is proudly to craft our own path in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. At Peerless, we are dedicated to taking the time to craft seriously superior spirits. We look forward to meeting you and sharing the Kentucky Bourbon and Rye Whiskey we've crafted with you in mind.

Corky Taylor / 4th Generation

Corky Taylor was past President and CEO of BENCOR Inc., a financial services company he founded. After selling his business located in Sarasota, Florida in 2009, Corky tried retirement but obviously it did not work.

He is currently resurrecting Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company after 98 years. His Great Grandfather, Henry Kraver, was owner of the distillery in Henderson Kentucky from 1896 to 1917. Corky is currently bringing back the family history and has re-opened a grain to bottle distillery in downtown Louisville.

Corky Taylor - Peerless
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Carson Taylor / 5th Generation

Fifth generation to Peerless founder, Henry Kraver, Carson Taylor was a successful business owner when he chose to follow his passion of reviving a family legacy with father and Peerless owner, Corky Taylor. He jumped into the new venture with no hesitation and it is not difficult to see why. The passion Carson has for the Peerless family history and the newly revitalized operation is obvious in all that he does.

From the structural foundation of the distillery as it exists today, to the quality spirits crafted within the walls, to the detailed Peerless bottle design and everything in between, Carson pours his heart into every Peerless element. Carson focuses on crafting honest spirits that live up the profound legacy his ancestor left behind. His attention to detail and drive to offer an authentic experience from start to finish have set Peerless at an unparalleled caliber.

Cadie / Creative Marketing

My background in marketing and design in general confirm where my passion lies. Dipping my toes into promotion within the alcohol industry helped me to discover where I wanted to develop that passion. Meeting Corky and Carson, I instantly knew … Read More

Gary Bajdek / Head of Retail & Sensory Specialist

I work in the distilled spirits industry and was looking for a change of scenery. As soon as I stepped foot in this historic building, I knew I was where I needed to be. Started – March 2017

Dan Cole / Bottling Line Operator

I was introduced to Peerless through a mutual contact working as a consultant on bottle labeling. I had recently retired from Think Packaging when the Taylor family invited me onto their team. I now work on the bottling line. Started … Read More

Tara Bowling / Special Projects Coordinator

Through my roommate, Kat, I heard about Peerless and what it was all about. After being introduced to the company and the people who worked here, I really enjoyed the family feel of it — Even if you’re not a … Read More

Tommy Edwards / Distiller & Logistics Management

Carson and I have known each other for years through the building industry and our shared love of boating. I have great confidence in the Taylor Family and I’m honored to be part of the Peerless Team. Started – September … Read More

Christa Edwards / Head of Office

Tommy and I have known Carson for years since we all previously worked in the same industry. I came on board just after they purchased the building in 2013 and it’s as if I blinked and 4 years have gone … Read More

Kat Halblieb / Hospitality Hostess

I, just like a lot of people here, got through the door by knowing someone who was already working here. I was just looking for a cool job to work while I was taking classes and trying to graduate. And … Read More

Imogean Hayes / Facility Specialist

Chris called me one day before the distillery had opened to the public and she said “Mom, we need help! We have guests coming to visit and this place is a mess from all of the construction. Can you help … Read More

Hayley Hoback / Public Relations & Marketing Associate

After graduating from WKU in the Spring of 2016 with a Public Relations degree, I moved back to my hometown of Louisville, KY where I began working at Peerless part-time because I knew the lovely Alayna Whelan who had been … Read More

Caleb Kilburn / Head Distiller

During college, I became absolutely fascinated with distillation. After shadowing several kind Cookers, Distillers and Plant Managers, I knew I had to become a distiller. Corky & Carson were kind enough to let me help build Peerless with them from … Read More

Nick Klee / Distiller & Production Coordinator

I followed the distillery online in the beginning and continued to drop off resumes and wrote handwritten letters to Corky & Carson. I kept track of the progress they were making from the outside and then a month before they … Read More

Nick Rolfes / Hospitality Host

After being taken on a tour of Peerless by a friend, I fell in love with the bourbon industry and knew I needed to be a part of it. The team brought me in to help out at probably one … Read More

Cordell Lawrence / Director, Global Marketing & Strategy

I’m truly grateful to have had the privilege of working for some of the most iconic Spirit brands in the world including Maker’s Mark, Jack Daniel’s and Southern Comfort, but nothing compares to the day I first heard the Peerless … Read More

Steve Lyverse / Advisor

In the Taylor’s warm and sincere southern style, I was welcomed and invited to “drop by anytime,” which I did, usually at lunch. My visits began to take purpose and grew into conversations on strategy, structure, culture, opportunity, etc. Mutual … Read More

Emily Rollins / Sensory Specialist

I met the Peerless team in September 2016 from working at a bar right down the block. We would share knowledge of spirits and beer, and shared a common love of people and distilling. In early June 2017 I was … Read More

Kyle Peyton / Cooking Operator

I graduated from Murray State University (which is how I really got the job) and was working for a moving company right after that which is how I got in the door here. I told Carson while I was moving … Read More

Haley Routt / Marketing Associate

Being in the alcohol industry was something I knew I always wanted to be apart of. Peerless made that dream a reality when they offered me a part-time job during the summer that they opened (2015) and within 6 months … Read More

Angela Sherman / Hospitality Hostess

I was a school teacher when I met Corky & Carson through my husband, Rob. Corky said, “Why don’t you come work for me part-time?” So, I jumped at the chance! I am honored to be a member of their … Read More

Leslie Sloan / Hospitality Hostess

Straight out of high school is when I joined the Peerless family. I am known as the farmer’s daughter or the barrel racer. My father use to be the farmer that would come to pick up the leftover stillage to … Read More

Dustin Tucker / Bottling Line Operator

I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Being with the same company for over 10 years, I found myself channeling that spirit into different outlets; one of them being bourbon. I never thought I’d be fortunate enough to turn that … Read More

Drew Tyler / Cooking & Bottling Line Operator

After spending 13 years in the Electronics manufacturing services industry, I felt a change was needed. When the opportunity came to join the Peerless team with it’s rich and unique history, along with an awesome work environment, I didn’t think … Read More

Pat Vaughn / CFO

I had worked half days for Corky, in a previous business, for 12 years. When he and Carson decided to start Peerless, I was brought on board to formalize the strategic plan and financial forecast. These documents were used to … Read More

John Wadell / Sensory Specialist

I ended up meeting Caleb through a mutual contact. We hung out for awhile and I guess he saw something in me because here I am now! Enjoying doing a little bit of everything under the Peerless roof. Started – … Read More

Alayna Whelan / Hospitality Hostess

I got my start at Peerless Distillery in 2015 when Lucky Moonshine was first released. I was “Lucky” enough to get to be a part of one of the first photo shoots to promote the Moonshine. Apparently I could not … Read More

Shaun Wilson / Creative Marketing

I have been in the multimedia and creative marketing industry for nearly 18 years. Partnering with Peerless to help cultivate their vision has evolved into working with various aspects of marketing and I am honored to be a part of … Read More