Alltech Pearse Lyons Reserve
Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. is the producer of award-winning beer and spirits and one of the few joint brewing and distilling operations – or “brewstilleries” – in the world. Since its founding in 2000 by Irish entrepreneur Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech, its Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale has grown to become the brewery’s flagship brew, capitalizing on the brewery’s proximity to fresh Kentucky bourbon barrels. Today, the Kentucky Ale family of brews – Kentucky Ale, Kentucky Kölsch, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout™, Kentucky IPA and a unique barrel-aged seasonal series – has collected numerous awards. In 2012, the company became part of the world-renowned Kentucky Bourbon Trail with the opening of its Town Branch Distillery, which crafts Town Branch Bourbon, Town Branch Rye, Pearse Lyons Reserve malt whiskey Bluegrass Sundown bourbon-infused coffee liqueur.
Symbolizing the passion of its founder and master distiller, Pearse Lyons Reserve is a malt whiskey distilled in dual copper pot stills from Scotland for the smoothest taste.
NOSE: Sweet like molasses, topped by a raisin-like note. It also has a distinct malty strand, as well as some minor notes of vanilla and oak. It’s a mellow nose, and very suggestive of what follows.
PALATE: The taste carries all of the same characteristics, although the woody vanilla and oak flavors come a bit more to the forefront
FINISH: The finish starts with a bit of a spicy bite, which is kind of a shock given how mellow the whiskey has been up until this point. It then winds down quickly, but warmly, ending on a woody note.