Peerless Overcomes Challenges to Create First Bourbon in 100 Years

Peerless Overcomes Challenges to Create First Bourbon in 100 Years


In the world of whiskey, creating a new bourbon is no easy feat. Many distilleries opt to stick firmly within the tried-and-true methods that have been popular in since the 18th century. However, that’s not the case for Peerless, a small distillery in Louisville, Kentucky.

History Of Peerless Distillery:

Peerless was first established in 1889 and quickly became a major producer of rye whiskey. However, like many small distilleries, Prohibition forced Peerless to halt production in 1917. It wasn’t until the brand was revived in 2015 that the distillery started producing whiskey again. Interestingly, it was not rye but bourbon that they decided to make this time around.

The Unique Approach:

When creating their bourbon, Peerless took a unique approach. Instead of relying solely on traditional methods, Peerless implemented the latest technology and techniques to create a truly one-of-a-kind bourbon.

Curated Ingredients:

Peerless has always maintained a strict focus on quality, and their bourbon is no exception. They carefully selected the grains, yeast, and barrels for their bourbon, ensuring that only the best ingredients were used.

State of Art Distillery:

Peerless also invested in a top-of-the-line distillery, complete with a custom-built pot still. They even went as far as to engineer a special copper condenser that expands and contracts as temperatures change, allowing for more precise control over the distillation process.

Aging process:

However, what truly sets Peerless’ bourbon apart is their unique aging process. They age their bourbon in a barrel that features not one, but two char levels. The first char level is the traditional #4 char, while the second is a #2 char. The result is a bourbon that has a deep, complex flavor profile and boasts a smooth finish.

Critics’ Reaction:

Peerless’ bourbon has quickly garnered attention from critics and whiskey enthusiasts alike. In fact, in its first year of production, Peerless’ bourbon received the prestigious title of “Whisky of the Year” from the prominent Whisky Advocate magazine.


Peerless’ approach to creating a new bourbon is certainly different, yet it has produced a whiskey that is truly exceptional. Their dedication to quality, combined with their forward-thinking mindset, has resulted in a bourbon that is worthy of the old Peerless name. With its unique flavor profile and noteworthy reputation, Peerless’ bourbon is sure to be a staple in any whiskey collection.

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Written by Olivia Taylor

Olivia Taylor has been writing about bourbon for the past five years and has become an expert in the field. She is passionate about educating people about the history and culture of bourbon and loves to share her knowledge with others. Olivia is also an avid traveler and has visited many of the world's top bourbon distilleries. She is a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and the American Whiskey Trail. Olivia is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and holds a degree in English Literature. She currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky, where she enjoys exploring the city's vibrant bourbon culture.

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