Peerless has certainly had a flying start with it’s Straight Rye whiskey. The only craft producer in Whisky Advocate 2017 top 20 whiskies is certainly going some and I was lucky enough to try the this Straight Rye along with a Rye Single Barrel Select. The Rye barrel select tends to one of Peerless’s three pillars- oak and pepper, fruits and floral or caramel and vanilla. The expression here was on the caramel and vanilla side.
Peerless Straight Rye Whiskey 54% abv
Really taken on the colour in quite a short period. Good rich golden hues and a bold look.
Smooth- little or no harshness which in a product with comparatively little age on it is good going. There is an inviting mint note giving way to some lovely vanilla and a little maple. This is followed by a bit of fruit and some softer citrus notes.
The spice comes more into play with black pepper, a touch of clove all being wrapped up in vanilla and oak. Great combination.
Finish is very nice with the sweet notes of the maple, toffee and a touch of oak in a slightly drying finish- all in all a really well balanced drink.
Peerless Rye Single Barrel Select 54.8% abv
Again like it’s sister product above, a good degree of colour has been taken on in a fairly short space of time.
Real candy shop in here. Lovely toffee, vanilla, custardy notes with a slight softer nut influence as well.
Definitely on the sweeter end with the vanilla toffee and caramel but also some dried fruits, apricot and dates being there. There’s some sweeter spice with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg coming through.
Fairly short finish although the spice note becomes more pronounced on the end.
Both of these stand up amazingly well and hold there own over products that are much, much older. While the price tag had caused some discussion there is no doubt that the products are excellent and Peerless is a distillery to watch.