Although Peerless Distilling was founded well-over 100 years ago, the Kentucky-based bourbon legend only recently started production again after a hiatus that dated all the way back to the era of prohibition. And while you might think that a dry spell of that duration might have an adverse effect on the brand’s production process, in that respect you’d be wrong.
That’s because with offerings like its all-new ‘Rye Aged in Absinthe Barrels,’ Peerless is showing that it clearly hasn’t lost a step. Distilled in collaboration with Copper & Kings — a specialist in American brandy and absinthe — it’s one of the first-ever rye whiskeys to be finished in the spirit. As you’d expect, it’s a pretty absinthe-heavy offering; however, it’s much more than some oddball experiment. Rather, with notes of anise, baking spices, and just a hint of sweet peach on the nose; a taste rich in citrus and caramel; and a lingering finish full of menthol and black licorice stick, it makes for quite the complex sipper. Clocking in at a stiff 111.2 proof (55.6% ABV), it’s available exclusively from the Peerless distillery. You can buy it today for $129.
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