How we Aim to Keep Visitors Safe at Pearse Lyons Distillery

Having closed our doors on March 12, 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions, we were delighted to re-open our doors to the public on Monday, July 20 for whiskey tours and tastings experiences.

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Although our doors were closed to the public, our team continued to work tirelessly in the background. Our distillers continued to distill new make spirit, while our sales team supplied an abundance of hand sanitiser to local hospitals, businesses, and food shelters in the greater Dublin area.

In recent weeks, our focus changed to reopening Pearse Lyons Distillery to the public. Our team have designed a simple icon diagram to show visitors how we aim to keep everyone safe, while enjoying and experiencing our unique whiskey distillery.

How we aim to keep visitors safe at Pearse Lyons Distillery

  • Pre-booking online and queuing system: All tickets can be purchased in advance of your tour. Visitors with pre-booked tickets will use our fast-pass system.
  • Smaller and more frequent tours: We’ve reduced the capacity of our tours and increased our availability. Tours operate every 30-minute and last approximately one hour.
  • Personal Storyteller: Each tour will have a personal storyteller who will help you discover the fascinating history and guide you through the whiskey tasting process. This ensures visitors are not meeting various people throughout their experience.
  • Face Coverings: Our entire team will be wearing a face covering and we request that visitors also wear a face covering. If you forget your face covering, not to worry; we have disposable face coverings available at reception.
  • Hand Sanitiser Stations: There are several hand sanitising stations through the site, with one at every entry and exit point.
  • Multiple Tasting Areas: We have created a number of tasting areas where guests can enjoy their Pearse Irish Whiskey tasting while socially distancing in comfort.
  • Screens at Reception: There are safety screens at reception for the protection of staff and customers.
  • Signage and One-Way System: We have signage guiding visitors throughout the site and have put in place a one-way system to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • Contactless Payments: We have contactless payments in place across the site. Any payment under €70 can be processed through contactless.
  • Thermal Checks for Staff: Staff temperatures are checked daily before entering the distillery.
  • Cleaning Schedule: We have put a vigorous cleaning schedule in place where areas are sanitised every 30-minutes.
  • Fresh Air Extracts: We have increased the fresh air supply in our visitor centre.

Fáilte Ireland Covid-19 Safety Charter Certified

Our passionate team of Storytellers and Brand Ambassadors have completed the Irish Government approved Failte Ireland COVID-19 Safety Charter to ensure visitors are safe throughout their experience with us. Pearse Lyons Distillery is now a certified attraction.

We recommend booking in advance to secure a place on our tours, however if you wish to stop by, we are happy to welcome you on our next available tour. Following government protocols, we will ask you for a personal contact number to facilitate contact tracing.

We are delighted to re-open Pearse Lyons Distillery and we ask that guests assist us with our new Covid-19 safety measures. If for some reason you are not feeling well in advance of your booking with us, please let us know and we can postpone or cancel the booking for you.

We look forward to your visit and raising a glass to the beautiful craft of Pearse Irish Whiskey and the heritage of St. James’s Church that houses our unique working distillery in Dublin 8.


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Pearse Lyons Distillery auctions rare Irish Whiskey collection to benefit Healthcare Heroes

Proceeds from the virtual auction of a Batch No. 1 Pearse Irish Whiskey Collector’s Edition set will benefit St. James’s Hospital and frontline workers battling COVID-19 

Healthcare professionals around the world are working tirelessly to care for patients and communities amid the COVID-19 crisis. In an effort to support the frontline workers battling the virus, Pearse Lyons Distillery is auctioning off a Batch No. 1 Pearse Irish Whiskey Collector’s Edition set. Proceeds from the highest bid will be donated to the St. James’s Hospital Foundation, which funds resources for doctors, nurses, researchers and staff. The virtual auction will begin on Friday, April 17, at 5 p.m. GMT, and bids can be made for nine days, until Sunday, April 27, at 7 p.m.

The four-bottle collection includes the Batch No.1 editions of The Original, Distiller’s Choice, Founder’s Choice and Cooper’s Select whiskeys. The set is signed by the late Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder of Pearse Lyons Distillery, and Jack O’Shea, master distiller.


“My father knew better than anyone that good whiskey brings people together,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech and son of Pearse Lyons. “What better way to unite — even at a distance — than in support of our healthcare professionals? This auction reflects the humanitarian spirit of Pearse Lyons Distillery and of Pearse Lyons.”

Bids for the Batch No. 1 Pearse Irish Whiskey Collector’s Edition set can be made here.

The unique interior of Pearse Lyons Distillery, a boutique working distillery housed in the former St. James’s Church, Dublin, Ireland

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Pearse Lyons Distillery Marriage of Malt Distillery Exclusive 2019

Distillery Exclusive 2019 – Marriage of Malt

Marriage of Malt

This is our first bottling of a distillery exclusive at Pearse Lyons Distillery. We have named it ‘Marriage of Malt, Distillery Exclusive 2019’. Each year on our birthday, July 25, also the feast of St. James, we will release a limited-edition distillery exclusive bottling bearing the particular year. The 2019 release is a very special bottling limited to 888 bottles and the first blended malt to be released by a working distillery to contain its own malt whiskey in the blend. This limited-edition whiskey is now available to sample as part of our Legacy Tour and Tasting Experience, whilst stocks last.


Why 888 bottles?

The very specific number of bottles refers to our location, Dublin 8 – in the heart of the The Liberties, Dublin; our 800 years of history on this ancient burial site, and last but not least the figure 8 turned 90 degrees to symbolise infinity. This figure is often associated with marriage, a common ceremony in the history of the former church and celebrates our own harmonious marriage of malt Irish Whiskeys.




What is Marriage of Malt?

This is a no age statement whiskey, with whiskey ranging from 6 to 15 years. As a nod of respect to our late founder, Pearse Lyons, born in 1944, we have bottled our first distillery exclusive at 44% ABV.

The Marriage of Malt contains our 6-year-old malt, aged in ex-Town Branch Bourbon barrels from our sister distillery in Kentucky, and finished for one year in PX Hogsheads.

13-year-old Bourbon aged malt whiskey that was recasked in 2014 into ex-Town Branch Bourbon barrels.

15-year-old Bourbon aged malt that was recasked in 2014 into ex-Town Branch Bourbon barrels, that was then recasked into a PX Hogshead for a nine-month finish.

This whiskey, like all Pearse Irish Whiskeys is non-chill filtered and presented at natural cask colour.

This whiskey is a harmonious marriage of the finest malt whiskeys and showcases both our own whiskey and our dedication to the craft of working with the best barrels for optimal spirit maturation.


Tasting Notes


Rich malt, zingy citrus with a crisp minerality, lemon biscuit, fleshy fruit, fresh shaved wood, dry spice, vanilla, sweet apricot, caramelised pear, candied fruit.


Rich, silky, maltiness, crisp fresh citrus, candied fruit, rich round toasted oak, vanilla custard, light pepperiness, warming clove spice, butterscotch, figs, candied apple, dates, stewed fruit with long lingering rich sweetness and spice.

When Pearse Lyons started distilling in Lexington in 2008 he was the first person to produce Single Malt Whiskey in Kentucky in nearly 100 years (since 1919). This spirit of innovation and exploration of possibilities outside of the known norms is what is at the heart of who we are at Pearse Lyons Distillery. It is with this spirit of innovation we have explored this new category of Irish Whiskey.