At the dawn of the new millennium, a group of friends from Wales set out with a simple vision. To be the first Welsh distillers in more than a century ,They produce just one cask per day of malted barley spirit, which, when matured, is recognized worldwide as one of the fine malt whiskies. The majority of the spirit goes into cask for ageing in their cellars. Minute quantities are diverted to craft other award-winning products.
I’ve purchased the Penderyn sample set to have some fun with the Welsh dram and to see if it is a good whiskey, the store was surprisingly quick and I got my order the next day , just in time for me to be on Antibiotics .. so after some wait a, and the end of the medicine treatment it is time to actually get some flavors in :
We’ll start with the Penderyn 46% Sherrywood finish:
Nose – very rich and full , the impact of the sherry is very profound on the nose , with many fruity aromas coming out.
Color – very light clear color , with nice long legs .
palate – smooth , no strong flavor , slow burn , long lingering sensation but no release of taste,a bit too smooth, with no bite .
water – no legs , no change in color , stronger aroma of wood and fire ,
palate – nice kick ,caramel lingering taste , nuts , spices.
Penderyn 46% Mediara finish :
nose – faint , almost non existent compared to the sherry , vanilla, banana ,
color – light , transparent hue , very slim legs,
palate – nice burn , traces of dates , pepper , no gut burn ,
water – opens up the nose drastically , strong banana , tangerine ,no change in color however the dram looses all the flavors.
Penderyn Peated 46% :
nose , soft smoky aroma , easy on the nose , like a dying ambers of a campfire
color – light hay yellow .
palate – very light smoky and ash flavour -like a bit of a burned potato from the fire , or a charcoaled carrot/pepper , very nice , with a good burn and kick .
nice for even non peaty drinkers
water – brings out a bit more of the peat in the nose but not to over powering
color – no change ,
palate– not fun , the peat comes out , not too strong but in a way that wants you to give it back .
The Penderyn sample kit is a very nice buy from Penderyn and at Â£12 it is a good value , on the all the one that got the best review from us is the Sherrywood finish , light and a good dram for a a start of the evening .