Review: Pearse Lyons Reserve

The Lexington Brewing Company was acquired in 1999 by Pearse Lyons. (Hey! That’s the name of this whiskey!) They didn’t start distilling until 2008 when they purchased pot stills from Scotland.  Since this is made in America and not Scotland this is considered an American Malt. This malt is aged in Bourbon barrels that have also house this company’s flagship beer Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. So, it’s a bit of a mind bender, but, essentially, it’s aged in barrels that have had bourbon and beer in them, phew! And, that’s really cool.

For more information on Lexington Brewing Company you can check out my review of their Bourbon, Town Branch, here.

A couple years ago when visiting Town Branch, I remember trying this and really liking it, we were buying so many other things this one didn’t make the cut, and I’ve been on the hunt ever since. Luckily, Kris found a bottle during our stay in Chicago and bought it for me. He’s sweet like that sometimes. It survived it’s fairly rough travel back to Oklahoma, one of our beers didn’t (boo), so let’s see if I still like it!

Company: Alltech

Distillery: Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

Location: Lexington, KY

Mash Bill: 100% malted barley

Age: NAS

ABV: 40% (80 proof)

Released: Ongoing

Price: $35

Color: Yellow Blonde, Straw.

Nose: Very malty, golden raisins, dates, sugar syrup, orange, smells like Scotch (ha!)

Taste: Smooth to drink.  Has some earthiness, grass, dryer than I expected from the nose but with a little simple syrup and molasses to balance it out.

Finish: Light finish, with some slight heat on your tongue, moves very slowly down your throat, doesn’t linger long, and doesn’t pack a lot of heat.

Overall: Out of all the American Malt’s we own, this one tastes the most like a Scotch. It’s very smooth and very easy to drink, watch out!

Perhaps this is my transition-er into Scotch! Though, I’m not sure my wallet is ready for that. I’m definitely interested in trying more, though I’m still not ready for those smokey/peaty ones. *shudder*

All in all, I really enjoy this American Malt. Now, on to make a Rob Roy, where’s my Vermouth…

Rating: 3.5/5


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