Kentucky Peerless to Release Rum Barrel Finished Bourbon

Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. of Louisville, Kentucky, announces the release of its Rum Barrel Finished Bourbon. The release will take place at the distillery at 120 North 10th Street, Louisville, KY 40202 on Saturday, Aug. 20, 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. 

Peerless Rum Barrel Finished Bourbon is the distillery’s second barrel-finished bourbon to be released only to their Double Oak Bourbon. Peerless previously released their Absinthe Barrel Finished Rye in 2020. After its success, they carefully explored additional barrel finishes. Exposing Peerless Bourbon 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.  

“Keeping in line with our other bold barrel finishes, we’ve selected barrels that contribute to the already complex notes you’ll find in our Bourbon. Some of the amazing notes that you’ll discover complementing this Bourbon are similar to those you’ll get from a high-end rum including molasses, a little bit of salty air, and sweet botanicals. It’s a product you’ve got to try for yourself,” explains Caleb Kilburn, master distiller. 

Peerless Rum Barrel Finished Bourbon embraces a dark and savory nose filled with toasted citrus and molasses.  Aromas of sweet cedar, salty air, and a distant coffee-house add further intrigue. The first sip is deep, dark, and  spicy. Waves of cinnamon, orange bitters, and heavily toasted sugar wash over the palate. Another taste delivers  spicy cedar and fermented dark fruit, while the mouthfeel slowly thickens. The palate evolves during the finish to  showcase sweet grasses, complex botanicals, and smoked honey. Find out more at or visit the distillery at 120 N. 10th Street in downtown Louisville. The  distillery is open for tours and tastings by reservation Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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