An herbal nose of thyme, dill, and licorice underpinning notes of blueberry jam, cherries, chocolate, honey-roasted nuts, and old leather. The palate is full and creamy, with milk chocolate, cinnamon, blackberry, toasted almond, dried herbs, and oak. Water brings out more chocolate and spicy heat. A long finish of oak, almond, chocolate, and cracked pepper, with a tobacco overlay. A big, robust bourbon with plenty to like. (DF, Fall 2019)
One of the most exciting new producers in Louisville is the Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. The owner, Corky Taylor, is what some might term a renaissance man. To an outsider, he's like some surfing cowboy diplomat with more stories than Jimmy Russell. People who know him well probably say he just likes to keep busy. He's endearing, generous and always authentic. After selling his company, Corky found retirement unbearable. He set out to recreate his great grandfather's whiskey brand. Henry Kraver was a Polish Jew who came to Kentucky and bootstrapped his way into running a large, successful distillery in Henderson, Kentucky. He passed away in 1938, but not without leaving his mark on the Kentucky distilling industry. While the history is rich, the whiskey is even richer. These guys have spared no expense to put together one of the finest operations in the country. Corky, along with his son Carson, is committed to producing the most consistent high-quality whiskey in Kentucky. Using a sweet mash and advanced systems to control fermentation and distillation, they've spared no expense. They're also using a very low barrel entry proof. The result is a 4 year old that's shockingly good. Yes, it's VERY expensive. They don't seem to care. It's a labor of love and this is what a bottle is worth to them. You may agree or maybe not, but there's no question we'll be watching what these guys do over the next decade. If they play their cards right they could be one of the greats.
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