We ran into this whiskey at Supervalu some time ago and decided to give it a try, maybe especially since it’s released by Pearse Lyons, a company we highly appreciate. There is a lovely gin and I think I’ve seen another whiskey as well under the Ha’Penny brand, that is obviously named after the famous bridge in Dublin.
Pearse Lyons is a very interesting distillery with some very lovely staff and a lovely interior, inside an old church. It’s small but very nicely set up, the place is very welcoming and friendly and I recommend everyone to visit them.
There are a few Pearse whiskeys on the market, the first three made from sourced liquid if I remember correctly but there are also two whiskeys made by themselves – a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old single malt. The Pearse Lyons Distillery has only been running for two or so years but before the stills arrived at the Dublin distillery, they stood for a while at the Carlow brewery and that’s where those two whiskeys are made.
This Ha’Penny blended whiskey is a partially sourced whiskey – a blend of malt and grain whiskeys from four different casks; malt whiskey from port pipes and bourbon barrels, and grain whiskey from sherry butts and double charred bourbon casks. It’s a non-age statement whiskey but info elsewhere says it’s 4-10 years. It’s bottled at 43% ABV. There’s no information about colouring or filtration.
Light wood and tropical fruit. There’s also some toffee or vanilla fudge, mint and/or lemon balm. It’s fresh and floral, with perhaps a bit too much alcohol in the aroma. This was using a Glencairn glass; the aromas are much softer and nicer with a Tùath glass.
Lots of wood. Vanilla, toffee, something that reminds of strawberry, very sweet. It’s rather light but there’s a nice creamy mouthfeel.
This is a nice sip with an appealing flavour profile, but slightly too light for my taste. However, if you’re looking for a lighter whiskey for a warm summer day (whenever that happens around here) or you want something sweet and simple, this whiskey is a good option.