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.

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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 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.

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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.

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Caleb Kilburn Peerless Head Distiller
Peerless team

Cadie Andes / 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 … Read More

Peyton Beall / Head of Retail

I was introduced to Peerless through one of my best friends who owns a successful whiskey bar. She invited me along on a tour she was taking of the distillery, … Read More

Tara Bowling / Marketing & Public Relations Associate

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 … Read More

Bodie Clark / Production Specialist

My family has known the Taylor family since my father was in high school. I wanted to do something different with my life so I decided to quit the family … Read More

Hunter Cecil / Hospitality Host

Upon moving back to Louisville after working in the wine industry in Oregon, I was searching for a job within the bourbon industry that would translate to my prior experience. … Read More

Lauren Dupre / Hospitality Hostess

Shortly after the first bourbon release, Peerless partnered with a local restaurant for a whiskey-pairing dinner. I was lucky enough to be placed at Corky and Caleb’s table. I struck … Read More

Christa Edwards / Controller

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 … 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 … 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 … Read More

Perri Kostecki / Hospitality Hostess & Account Relations

I went on a tour and never left. The family atmosphere and extreme care placed on every Peerless product stood out to me. I had not experienced this contagious passion … 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 … Read More

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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 … 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 … Read More

Jarrod Rampy / Hospitality Host & Apprentice Masher

I moved to Louisville on a whim so that I could get my foot into the bourbon industry, and I was offered a job at Peerless. Working for Peerless soon … Read More

Princess Rye

I’m the Rye they have been talking about since opening in 2015. Kentucky Purrless is my home. Even bourbon experts say I’m unfurrgettable. Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. adopted a cat … Read More

Jerry Metzger / Hospitality Host

After 25 years as a pharmaceutical sales rep, I retired to explore options in the bourbon industry. I have known the Taylors for many years and wanted to be a … Read More

Mark Stiebling / Hospitality Host

After spending a career in advertising as a creative director, much of it in major distilleries, I was excited to get a chance to be a part of telling the … Read More

Drew Tyler / Bottling/Shipping Manager

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 … Read More

Dustin Tucker / Facility Coordinator & Head Masher

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. … Read More

Christina Vassallo / Hospitality Hostess, Marketing & Public Relations

I came into contact with Corky a year before I started and stayed in touch throughout my senior year of college after deciding I wanted to go into the industry. … Read More

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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 … Read More

John Wadell / Single Barrel Curator

John has been a vital part of Peerless since the beginning of 2017. He’s immersed himself in every aspect of the craft, from public relations to cooking and distillation. His … Read More

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Alayna Whelan / Hospitality Hostess & Production Specialist

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 … Read More

Shaun Wilson

Shaun Wilson / Creative Marketing

I have been in the multimedia and creative marketing industry for nearly 20 years. Partnering with Peerless to help cultivate their vision has evolved into working with various aspects of … Read More