Alltech Spirit to Bring Kentucky Flair to Irish Whiskey
Alltech is proud to announce that it is taking its whiskey business overseas to Ireland, birthplace of whiskey and of president and founder of Alltech, Dr. Pearse Lyons. The Vendome whiskey stills, used by Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Company and made in Louisville, Kentucky, were shipped over on the 22nd of August to become part of the fifth whiskey distillery in Ireland.
This year marks 221 years since the Whiskey Rebellion, a revolution of early Irish settlers in North America against George Washington's tax on distilled spirits, which saw many of these early distillers taking their craft to Bourbon County, Virginia, where they created the first bourbon. Today it is 221 days since Beam Inc., distillers of world famous bourbon Jim beam, purchased Cooley Distillery, the last remaining independent distillery in Ireland; now Irish born Dr. Pearse Lyons has begun his own revolution, bringing the spirit full-circle.
“A truly momentous event has happened as the first stills are shipped from Kentucky to Ireland, completing the cycle with this fantastic craft finally returning to its place of origin. This will set the stage for a new Irish whiskey with a Kentucky flair,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech.
Dr. Lyons has a number of historical connections to the distilling industry, with five generations of coopers in the family and a grandfather who was a master cooper. He also holds a master’s degree in brewing and distilling and a PhD in yeast fermentation. Continuing this tradition his son Mark Lyons also received his PhD in brewing and distilling from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.
The new whiskey will not be Alltech’s first foray into spirits. Alltech’s Town Branch Bourbon and Pearse Lyons Reserve Single Malt Whiskey were both gold medal winners at the 2012 World Spirit Awards, and the company’s $4.5 million distillery project in downtown Lexington, Ky. is on track for a September opening.