Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. - Peerless Rye Whiskey Finished in an Absinthe Barrel

Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company in Louisville, Kentucky has announced the third annual release of its Absinthe Barrel Finished Rye Whiskey. Peerless originally released their Absinthe Barrel Finished Rye in 2020. After its success, they decided to make the expression a regular offering.

Peerless Absinthe Barrel Finished Rye is bursting with warm spices and herbal notes. Exposing Peerless whiskey to two separate casks allows for two full barrel extractions resulting in enhanced notes and complexity. The dedicated Peerless tasting team strategically selects barrels that are complemented well by the extra barrel character. This population of barrels is packed with flavor yet balanced enough to uphold the Peerless name.

Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. - Peerless Rye Whiskey Finished in an Absinthe Barrel
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“I wanted something that would provide the perfect contrasting notes to allow both the rye and the absinthe to be appreciated. Bold, exciting, intriguing, and bursting at the seams with flavor, this crossover is the perfect example of what a few artisans with big ambitions can accomplish when they come together.” explains Caleb Kilburn, Master Distiller.

“We charged the barrels with our Rye Whiskey earlier this fall and tasted them on a weekly basis until we felt that we had found the right balance between the two profiles.”

Kilburn added that the Absinthe barrel originally held Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

Kentucky Peerless Absinthe Finished Rye Tasting Notes

Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. - Corky Taylor, Carson Taylor and Caleb Kilburn
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4th Generation Distiller Corky Taylor, 5th Generation Distiller Carson Taylor and Master Distiller Caleb Kilburn (L to R).

Tasting notes provided by the distillery say Peerless Absinthe Barrel Finished Rye embraces fragrance of sweet candied licorice. Aromas of citrus and sweet oak soon join. The first taste is spicy oak, cinnamon, and absinthe. Orange zest and sweet grasses continue to add depth as the palate evolves. A second sip introduces more rye, as earthy leather and tobacco become more prominent. The finish pays homage to the Sazerac cocktail.

Kentucky Peerless Absinthe Finished Rye will be released at the distillery on Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bottles will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Bottle signings will be offered throughout the event.

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