Pearse Founder's Choice 12 year old, 42%

Price: $60 Issue: Summer 2018 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Pearse Lyons Distillery opened in 2017, becoming Dublin's second working distillery this century. This single malt has a nose of honey, apple pie with cream, light pepper, dried grasses, and green herbal notes. The orchard fruits of apple and pear are silenced by a fury of pepper, root ginger, and clove, with only grapefruit peel proffered in response. The dry, banana chip finish fades in a melee of squabbling spices. (KY, GA, and FL, with expansion planned)