Kentucky Peerless Releases Rye Finished in Absinthe Barrels

Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. of Louisville, Kentucky, announces the third annual release of its Absinthe Barrel Finished Rye. The release will take place at the Peerless distillery on Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bottles will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Bottle signings will be offered throughout the event.

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.

“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.

Peerless Absinthe Barrel Finished Rye embraces the 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.

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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