The Pearse Lyons Distillery celebrated the launch of its limited release five year old single malt whiskey recently, the first new five year expression of Irish whiskey to appear in more than 25 years.
The limited release whiskey, with an RRP of €79.99, was produced on two small batch copper pot stills, and aged in bourbon casks. Presented in 4,000 individually numbered bottles, the product will exclusively be on sale in SuperValu’s Premium Irish Whiskey section and select on-trade establishments nationwide.
The development of this new Irish whiskey 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 pot stills began making spirit in Ireland in 2012 and when the Pearse Lyons Distillery opened in 2017 in the heart of Dublin’s Whiskey District, they took pride of place, nestled in the refurbished St. James Church.
The unusual design of the 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.
The bottle design has been inspired by St. James Church, the home of the Pearse Lyons 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 stills which were used to produce the whiskey.
Gearoid Cahill, Head Distiller at the Pearse Lyons Distillery, said: “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.”
John Cooney, Spirits Trading Manager at SuperValu, said: “This is a cutting edge whiskey that has its own unique taste and flavour which is a real treat for the whiskey palate. SuperValu is delighted to be part of the distillery’s launch and to be the only supermarket group to offer this exclusively to our shoppers.”