Kentucky Peerless Awarded Double Gold for Five Different Expressions

John Barleycorn Awards Panel Names Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. High Rye Bourbon ‘A Damn Fine Bourbon’ & Awards Double Gold to All Five Expressions Submitted for Exceptional Appearance, Aroma, Taste & Finish

John Barleycorn Award

Kentucky Peerless was awarded Double Gold in the John Barleycorn Awards for all five expressions submitted. The labels include Peerless Small Batch Bourbon, Peerless Small Batch Rye, Peerless Small Batch Double Oak Bourbon, Peerless Small Batch Double Oak Rye, and Peerless High Rye Bourbon. All Peerless products were recognized for their exceptional appearance, aroma, taste, and finish. Amongst the panel’s praises, Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. High Rye Bourbon was named “A damn fine bourbon.”

“We are honored to have been recognized across the board by this group of esteemed professionals. The Peerless team prides itself on its commitment to bettering craft whiskey. Accolades like these serve as confirmation of our dedication and determination. We thank our loyal patrons for their incredible support,” said Carson Taylor, 5th generation President.

Mike Young, Peerless Executive Vice President, explained, “During my time here, I have witnessed Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co.'s unwavering commitment to producing exquisite whiskey. It is with great pride that I join this exceptional team — one that is acknowledged and acclaimed for its unparalleled achievements.”

The John Barleycorn Awards are known for recognizing excellence in the spirits industry. Each entry was blind-tasted and scored on a 100-point scale. Judging is under the leadership of noted spirits writer John McCarthy. He oversees the elite panel of judges, including Leslie Sbrocco, Fred Minnick, Clay Risen, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, Robin Robinson, Wayne Curtis, Frank Caiafa, G. Clay Whittaker, Tony Sachs, Brad Japhe, Rachel DelRocco Terrazas, Amanda Schuster, Lou Bank, Zach Johnston, Emma Janzen, and Susan Reigler. A complete list of winners, along with more information, is available at

Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company is open to the public Monday through Saturday for tours and tastings in Louisville, Kentucky.

About Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. The family-owned and operated craft distillery is located in Louisville, Kentucky. It was established in 1889 and resurrected in 2013 by Corky Taylor, 4th Generation, and Carson Taylor, 5th Generation. The distillery is known for its commitment to producing handcrafted, sweet mash bourbon and rye whiskey using traditional methods and the finest ingredients.

Today, Peerless operates under the same distilled spirits number, DSP-KY-50, with the same historically superlative standards. It has opted to craft entirely in-house without outsourcing or comprising. “We’re driven by quality, not profit,” says Corky Taylor. “We’re very serious about making the best product we can.” 

Contact: Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company, 120 North 10th Street, Louisville, KY 40202

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