This week our Irish Whiskey Weekly News features articles on a Pearse Lyons new 5-year-old Single Malt release, Lidl wins gold at the International Spirits Competition and what was really like during prohibition.
So let’s see what’s been happening this week in our Irish whiskey weekly news.
The Pearse Lyons Distillery last night celebrated the general release of the exclusive Pearse 5-Year-Old Single Malt. The single malt carries the first new five-year age statement to appear on a bottle in more than 25 years. The limited release whiskey was produced on two small-batch copper pot stills and aged in bourbon casks. Presented in 4,000 individually numbered bottles. This whisky will exclusively be on sale in SuperValu’s Premium Whisky section and select on-trade establishments nationwide.
Gearoid Cahill, Head Distiller at the Pearse Lyons Distillery said, “The release of the Pearse Single Malt 5-Year Old marks a historic milestone in the re-evolution of the distilling industry. We are really proud to introduce the first new five- year age statement in Ireland in more than 25 years.”
It was a good night for Irish whiskey-makers at International Wine & Spirits Competition.
The biggest winners on the night were Tullamore D.E.W., who won the Worldwide Whisky Trophy for its 118-Year-Old Single Malt. It’s the first time that the award has been won by an Irish whiskey-maker since 2009. Entries for the award were received from nearly 90 countries worldwide. Brian Kinsman, Tullamore D.E.W. Master Blender, commented: “Working on the Tullamore D.E.W. 18 Year Old Single Malt was a two-year mission to craft an extraordinary whiskey that embodies the complex character, subtle sweetness and triple distilled smoothness that define the best of Irish Single Malt.
Another impressive success story is Dundalgan 10 year-old Single Malt Irish Whisky, produced by Lidl, which also won a Gold Medal Outstanding in the category of single malt, 8-12 years old.
“I can say honestly that in twelve days in America I saw more cases of alcoholic intoxication than I have ever seen in Ireland for three times that period, while the scenes attending many vessels’ departure from New York must be seen to be believed.” It was early in 1928 when one Irish Times reporter quickly learned what most people would come to realise: prohibition wasn’t really working.
A widespread temperance movement in the US in the early 20th century led to the ratification of the 18th amendment and the passage of the National Prohibition Act, also known as the Volstead Act. Between about 1920 and 1933, the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors became illegal. Adherence to the law, as our reporter found out, wasn’t exactly across-the-board. Far from it.
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