Wednesday 22 May 2019

Dublin distillery launches a new limited edition Irish whiskey

Pictured at the launch are Gearoid Cahill, Head Distiller, Pearse Lyons Distillery, Kevin Dundon, SuperValu Brand Ambassador, and Donagh McClafferty, Off-Licence Category Manager, Musgraves. Photos: Bryan J Brophy/1IMAGE Photography
Pictured at the launch are Gearoid Cahill, Head Distiller, Pearse Lyons Distillery, Kevin Dundon, SuperValu Brand Ambassador, and Donagh McClafferty, Off-Licence Category Manager, Musgraves. Photos: Bryan J Brophy/1IMAGE Photography

Sponsored by Pearse Lyons Distillery.

Whiskey has enjoyed a renaissance in recent times and the latest addition to the Irish market looks certain to be a hit with discerning whiskey drinkers.

Pearse 5-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey is the first new five-year age statement Irish whiskey to emerge from a new distillery in Ireland in over 25 years. A total of 4,000 individually-numbered bottles have been released and they’ll be exclusively sold in SuperValu’s premium whiskey section and a select number of licensed premises.

It marks an important chapter in the history of the Pearse Lyons Distillery, releasing a five-year-old single malt just one year after opening its doors to the public. The new whiskey was officially launched last week at an exclusive event at their St James's Street premises.

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Conor Ryan, Global Spirits Ambassador for Pearse Lyons Distillery, speaks at the launch

“The release of the Pearse 5-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey marks a historic milestone in the re-evolution of the Irish whiskey distilling industry,” said Gearoid Cahill, Head Distiller at the Pearse Lyons Distillery.

“The whiskey we released is 46pc alcohol so it’s certainly stronger and more flavoursome than a standard whiskey. It has a fantastic malt character from the small batch brewing process. Because of the yeast and the attention to detail, it has lovely fresh fruit notes and a small hint of citrus, toasted wood and vanilla. It’s a rich, complex, full-bodied whiskey. It has fantastic complexity of flavour and smoothness that’s better than its age.”

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The new addition to the Pearse Whiskey range captures the distillery’s unique approach to whiskey-making, which Cahill puts down to a number of factors. The whiskey was made using Irish malted barley and Pearse Lyons Distillery's very own strain of yeast. Open-topped vessels were also used for the fermentation process, a traditional method that allows for additional maturation and can add more flavour.

It was produced using copper pot stills that were imported from Kentucky – the only ones of their type in the country. The small batch spirits still contains rectification plates in the neck that allow the whiskey to be redistilled, contributing to its distinctive spiciness. Finally, the whiskey was aged in bourbon casks that came from Pearse Lyons Distillery's sister distillery in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Gearoid Cahill, Head Distiller at Pearse Lyons Distillery, and Patricia Callan, ABFI

“We have this lovely, spicy pepperiness that comes through and which is unique to our own whiskey," added Cahill. "That spicy signature comes in part from the yeast but also from the way we set up the still and unique character of the spirits.”

Irish whiskey has reclaimed the spotlight from gin in recent times and the Pearse 5-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey will be a welcome addition to the list of premium whiskeys on these shores.

Cahill believes that the limited release will be of interest to collectors due to its historic standing as the first new five-year-old whiskey to be released from a new distillery in Ireland for over a quarter of a century. Just 4,000 bottles were released as the distillery has further plans to release 8-year-old and 12-year-old whiskeys.

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Stuart McNamara, Irish Whiskey.com, John Cooney, Spirits Trading Manager, SuperValu and Ivor Whiskey, Talk2U

The design of the Pearse 5-Year-Old Single Malt Whiskey bottle was inspired by the former church of St James, the distinctive landmark in the heart of The Liberties that is now home to the Pearse Lyons Distillery. The launch party was attended by leading Irish whiskey connoisseurs, who got to sample the new drink and enjoy a talk on pairing whiskey with food. Guests were also treated to a canape selection designed by SuperValu brand ambassador, chef Kevin Dundon, to compliment the new single malt whiskey.

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Paddy O'Dea, Irish Whiskey Association, Kevin Dundon, SuperValu Brand Ambassador, and William Lavelle, Chairman Irish Whiskey Association

It will only be available to buy in SuperValu and Cahill paid tribute to the supermarket for the support it has shown producers of craft spirits and craft beers in this country. John Cooney, Spirits Trading Manager at SuperValu, believes the new whiskey will be a unique addition to the Irish whiskey landscape and to SuperValu’s in-store selection.

“Irish whiskey is currently experiencing an overwhelming resurgence and this new Pearse Lyons Distillery five-year-old single malt will certainly generate a real excitement for Irish whiskey enthusiasts,” he 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. Irish whiskey market sales are currently growing 7.6pc year-on-year with premium whiskey delivering growth at 38pc within this market and I am pleased to say that SuperValu is exceeding both of these growth figures.”  

To find out more about the Pearse 5-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey and the Pearse Lyons Distillery, visit the website. Please enjoy Pearse Whiskey sensibly.

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Sponsored by: Pearse Lyons Distillery

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