Pearse Lyons 5yo Single Malt
The first release from Pearse Lyons Distillery to be fully produced in their own copper pot stills. Limited to just 4,000 bottles each individually numbered. Non-coloured and RRP €76.95.
Omar Fitzell Notes
Very light. Loads of malt with some vanilla, clove rock and a slight lemon twist to it.
LOADs of green apples. Granny Smith apples and all! Some citrus fruits and a pepper spice but I’m still getting mostly apples. Wasn’t expecting that from what I nosed!
Medium finish that still has all the apples.
An exceptionally different beast to its higher ABV brother and it’s immediately apparent it is different juice with totally different characteristics. This is a real light and easy to drink whiskey but for me, it still needs some more aging. That being said, it is most likely the best 5yr old whiskey I have tried. It has its own unique Pearse character. Its own profile. There is nothing quite like it on the market and that’s a great thing. It is simply made and simply aged in standard methods. No fancy finishing here. No fancy casks that could cover mistakes or faults in the distillate. It is just a stunning proclamation of “this is what we do” and a great show case of the quality to come. I can’t wait to see what it will become.
Al Higgins notes
Lively and prickly with aromas of agave, pear, quince and fresh oak.
Quite sharp and aggressive on entry with flavours of bitter lemon, quinine, pear and green banana.
Softer with the oak becoming warmer and more prominent.
A little too early to say how Pearse Single Malt will turn out in the long run. This is obviously a well-made spirit and it’s a pleasure to try another new kid on the block.
Omar has been lurking in the background of the Irish Whiskey Industry since 2010 when he started his journey through tasting, enjoying and collecting whiskey. In January 2018 he launched the online blog “That’s Dram Good” which, in those few short months, has become one of the most popular whiskey blogs in Ireland.
Over 20 years of experience in drinks retail and a member of the team at the Celtic Whiskey Shop since 2003. Alastair is chief tester and taster at the shop and is also coordinator for the Irish Whiskey Awards. When he is not working he is either training for ultra-marathons, parenting or drumming with his band Le Galaxie.
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