jsk

Peerless Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

Tasted
2.75
2.75 out of 5 stars
Appearance - copper hue, a quick swirl coats the side of the glass, leaving plentiful legs. Nose - Leads with notes of caramel, peanuts, cinnamon, and a bit of oak. But there's also ethanol, and that grainy note and wet cardboard funk you get in young craft bourbons. Palate - fairly thick mouthfeel, it definitely coats your tongue. The first thing I get is peanut brittle. There are also some baking spices. Sweet notes linger on the finish, along with some funky /grainy notes that unfortunately bring the finish down. Overall it's decent, probably about as good as you can expect in a four year bourbon. They're doing a lot of stuff right from a quality perspective (sweet mash, low entry proof, NCF, etc), but for me there's just no getting around the fact that bourbon needs more than 4 years of age to be really good.
69.0 USD per Bottle
  • jsk

    Agreed. And they've already stated they plan to release some older expressions so I'll be interested to see how those come out. I will say that since I wrote this review for the small batch product, I've had a chance to taste a private barrel pick done by a local group and it was much better. Still didn't have the oak influence or complexity of an older bourbon, but it also didn't have that musty off-note I got from the small batch.

  • Bourbon_Obsessed_Lexington

    Spot on - come 8 years from now (assuming they can leave it alone in the barrel) they may have a magical product but for now drinks like something that should cost half as much.