Well well, my first Welsh single malt. (not very surprising, since there is currently only one Welsh single malt distillery, you guessed right. it’s Penderyn.
Penderyn Distillery is the only distillery in Wales and one of the smallest distilleries in the world. It is one of the few remaining independent distilleries, and takes its name from the old Welsh village in which it is located and nestles in the foothills of the ancient Brecon Beacons mountain range. Only one cask of Penderyn is distilled each day, most of it goes into casks for aging, and a small amount goes into other products which are also in the Penderyn range (i.e :Merlyn Welsh Cream Liqueur)
The Madeira finish single malt defines the ‘house style’ by Penderyn , is distilled in their unique copper pot still, then matured in Bourbon barrels and finished in Madeira wine casks. The nectar is then bottled at 46 % Abv (Penderyn refers to it as “premium strength”) , [which is very welcome 🙂 ]
The Penderyn site is very informative, with some information and great design, also some tasting notes, and video on their range of malts. nice work guys!
I have been meaning to taste one of their malts for a long time, but it’s just impossible to get it here in Israel (it’s not sold here, and laws prohibit them to send any samples or the like, don’t ask me why.)
now let’s get to business and to the tasting notes:
Penderyn single malt Madeira Finish (46%)
Color: Golden straw
Nose: Sweet notes as one might expect from a Madeira cask finish. Quite a few Oaky notes, toffee, heather.
Palate: Honey, Vanilla, The oakiness is there no doubt. heather is also there on the tongue, a bit of cinnamon towards the end. It’s a young malt no doubt, and it’s not as smooth as some other Madeira finished malts that come to mind (The Balvenie 17 year for example).
Finish: Fruity notes on the finish, the vanilla is even stronger now, and hey, Melons big time. a very distinctive Melon taste is there. Ripe melon, the orange one we get here. Sweet and very distinctive. great finish. i like!
This malt is surprisingly good. i have not sampled a lot of Madeira finished malts, but the nose and finish are really nice. the spirit is indeed young, not rounded enough in my opinion but has a lot of potential. It’s Hard to tell how old this malt is, but i would guess maybe 5 or 6 years of age. Definitely worth sampling, if you like Madeira finished. (Josh, this one is for you!)
Well done Penderyn, well done Wales.
Thank you Matt from Whisky4everyone for sharing this malt sample with me and letting me sample this whisky, otherwise impossible for me to get hold of.