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Ha’Penny blended whiskey

We ran into this whiskey at Supervalu some time ago and decided to give it a try. This whiskey is 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 has its name after the famous bridge in Dublin.

HaPenny Bridge in Dublin

Pearse Lyons is an 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 welcoming and friendly and I recommend everyone to visit them.

There are a few Pearse whiskeys on the market. The first three are made from sourced liquid if I’m not mistaken but there are also two whiskeys made by Pearse Lyons 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, so how is this possible? 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 produced.

Ha'Penny blended Irish whiskey

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.

Nose

Light wood, pine leaf, strawberry, green apple and tropical fruit. There’s also some toffee or vanilla fudge, mint and/or lemon balm.

Palate

Lots of wood spice, vanilla, something that reminds of strawberry. It reminds me of this type of Swedish Christmas sweet, which is a sort of marshmallow with strawberry flavour. It’s rather light but there’s a nice creamy mouthfeel.

This is a nice sip with an appealing flavour profile. It’s almost like gin, but with a much rounder flavour. It has a freshness that makes me think I’d like to sip it on a warm summer’s day with some ice.

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