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 proud 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.READ MORE
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 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.READ MORE
Caleb Kilburn / Master Distiller
Caleb Kilburn was born and raised on a dairy farm in Salt Lick, a small town in eastern Kentucky. On this farm, Caleb received hands-on education for building and fixing equipment, skills that would prove invaluable later in life. His passion for the sciences grew at Morehead State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. During this time, he began touring distilleries, shadowing as they cooked, fermented and distilled their whiskies.
Funding his way through Moonshine University, he created a relationship with Rob Sherman, vice president and fourth generation craftsman at Vendome Copper and Brass Works, and Pete Kamer, retired head engineer of Barton Brands. It did not take long for them to recommend him for a job at the startup, Kentucky Peerless. Little did Corky and Carson know, but they found their distiller that summer of 2014.
Caleb took on a number of roles as the distillery took form. He stacked lumber and shoveled gravel, then went on to oversee construction of the distillation equipment. He also developed the automated system that ensures unmatch precision throughout the distillation process. He did this all throughout his last semester of school in the fall of 2014. On March 4, 2015, Caleb distilled Peerless’s first barrel of whiskey in 98 years.
By fall of 2017, Peerless Kentucky Straight Rye earned industry-wide respect when it was named the No. 15 whiskey in the world by Whisky Advocate. After spending four years as head distiller and Peerless attaining national success, Caleb was granted Master Distiller by Corky and Carson in December 2018. In January of 2019, Peerless received Whisky Magazine’s Craft Producer of the Year Award of the Americas, followed two months later by the Global Craft Producer of the Year Award.
At 28 years old, Caleb remains one of the youngest master distillers in the United States. He is humbled by the opportunities afforded to him as he continues to create an ulta-luxury, handcrafted rye and bourbon that rivals the finest in the world.READ MORE