The Pearse Lyons Distillery in Dublin has released a new whiskey, the exclusive Pearse 5-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey.
The single malt carries the first new five-year age statement to appear on an Irish whiskey in more than 25 years. The limited release was produced on two small-batch copper pot stills, and aged in bourbon casks. Presented in 4,000 individually numbered bottles, the product will be exclusively sold in SuperValu’s Premium Irish Whiskey section and select on-trade establishments around Ireland.
Commenting on the new whiskey, Gearoid Cahill, Head Distiller at the Pearse Lyons Distillery said, “The release of the Pearse Single Malt 5-Year-Old Irish Whiskey marks a historic milestone in the re-evolution of the Irish Whiskey distilling industry. We are really proud to introduce the first new five-year age statement Irish whiskey in Ireland in more than 25 years. Using Irish malted barley and our own special yeast strain, the whiskey spirit was produced on our unique copper pot stills whose unusual design is credited with giving the whiskey a special character.”
The development of this new Irish whiskey stream began in 2011 when the late Dr. Pearse Lyons, who was keen to revisit his roots in Irish brewing and distilling, transported two small-batch copper pot stills from Kentucky to Ireland. The distinctive pot stills began making spirit in Ireland in 2012 and when the Pearse Lyons Distillery opened last year in the heart of Dublin’s Whiskey District, they took pride of place, nestled in the sanctuary of the refurbished St. James Church. The unusual design of the small-batch copper stills includes a “neck and ball” configuration which assists in refining the spirit character in the first step of distillation. The spirit still contains four rectification plates that further purify and refine the spirit collected, harnessing the fullness, complexity and refinement of flavour of a double-distilled Irish whiskey.
The bottle design was inspired by St James Church, the home of the distillery. The centrepiece of the label features the octagonal spire, the view seen when looking up from inside the distillery, and the colour scheme reflects the copper stills which were used to produce the whiskey. Each of the limited-edition bottles has been individually numbered and the first bottle will be positioned in pride of place at the Pearse Lyons Distillery in The Liberties.
Pictured: Gearoid Cahill, Head Distiller, Pearse Lyons Distillery; Kevin Dundon, SuperValu Brand Ambassador, Donagh McClafferty, Off-Licence Category Manager, Musgraves, at the launch of the exclusive Pearse 5-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey.