Penderyn – St David’s Day – Tweet Tasting

I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in the Penderyn Tweet Tasting organised by Steve Rush of the Whisky Wire – to be held on St David’s Day (1st March).

The Welsh Whisky Company or Penderyn as they are better known was formed in 1998. It started distilling about two years later, and was the first Welsh distillery to do so in over a century. Some four years later (on St David’s Day – of course), Penderyn released their first Whisky.

Penderyn has unique methods for distilling and primarily uses Faraday stills for it’s whiskies, with the late addition of a pair of Scottish-style ‘lantern’ stills to allow further experimentation and diversity in the production of their spirits. By using the Faraday stills, the distillers can cut the spirit at up to a whopping 92% ABV!

The Drams

I was kindly sent a pack of three 50cl miniatures, a Peated, Sherrywood and a Madeira Finish. The order of tasting on the night was:

  1. Madeira
  2. Sherrywood
  3. Peated

Kicking the tasting off

Penderyn Madeira Finish

We kicked things off with the Penderyn Madeira Finish, which has been matured in ex-bourbon casks and finished in Madeira wine casks.

This dram is bottled at 46% ABV, natural colour and non-chill filtered. I found this bottle, only this week on, offer in Waitrose for a bargain price of £27.00

My Thoughts

Madeira Finish – Nose:

What a beautiful nose, I’m getting lots of rich fruit. It’s very appetising. Making my mouth water! #PenderynWhisky

Madeira Finish – Palate:
Lovely warming mouth feel with crisp apple and almost blackberry like finish. Great long lasting flavour on the palate. #PenderynWhisky

Penderyn Sherrywood

Next up in this trio of Welsh wonders was the Sherrywood.

The Penderyn Sherrywood has been matured in ex-bourbon casks and ex-Oloroso sherry casks. It is bottled at 46% ABV with natural colour and no chill filtration. It retails for around £45 on the Penderyn webstore.

My Thoughts

Penderyn Peated

The final dram of the night was this Penderyn Peated. It’s been initially matured in a Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel for around 5- 8 years, before being finished in an ex-Laphroaig cask. Penderyn Peated is bottled at 46% ABV, again natural colour and non-chill filtered. I believe this retails for close to £50 direct from the Penderyn webstore.

My Thoughts

Bringing out the big guns for dram No. 3. Peated – Nose: I’m picking up a pleasantly sweet and soft smoke from the nose on this one. #PenderynWhisky

Peated – Palate: A gentle, subtle wave of peat and smoke, delivered more in the form of a pepperiness for me with an apple finish. My first @PenderynWhisky bottle was ‘Legend’ and I got lots of green apple. This is a softer, more approachable apple. #PenderynWhisky

Wrapping things up

In my experience, the Tweet Tastings are always really good; with a great mix of people taking part and a lot of laughs and eclectic tasting notes being shared.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this tasting, having only ever previously tried one Penderyn Whisky, of which I wasn’t a huge fan. All of these drams were different, each with their own merits, but one common theme – the quality. They are much better quality than that of the “Legend” bottling I bought a few years back.

My favourite

What others thought

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