Penederyn: Sprits of Wales

Penderyn, located in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, has an excellent, multi award-winning Welsh distillery.

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Several friends became involved in creating a dream – an exceptional distillery, producing fine whiskies and other superb spirits. Resulting in the first Welsh distillery, for over 100 years, their dream became a reality in 2000. A second distillery was opened in Llandudno (North Wales) during May 2021 and a third in Swansea in July 2023.

The Penderyn Distillery uses the finest hand-selected American ex-bourbon casks, plus other quality casks in the finishing process. Penderyn’s Wysgi (Welsh for whisky) productions produce superb aromas, balance, flavours and wonderful aftertastes. Penderyn Madeira, Single Malt Welsh Whisky (46% vol) is a classic. Enticing aromas lead to the smooth, sweet palate sensation, with a good lengthy finish. Penderyn Sherrywood, Single Malt Welsh Whisky (46% vol) goes through a process which incorporates the use of ex-bourbon barrels and ex-Oloroso sherry casks. This splendid production is extremely popular, having a wonderful mouth-feel and long finish. Penderyn Peated, Single Malt Welsh Whisky (46% vol) is, as the name implies, of a peaty character. Impressive on the palate, plus a very good aftertaste, of smoke and vanilla, ensures a place in the cabinet for this grand whisky production too.

The ranges of whiskies produced include the Penderyn Dragon, having Legend, Myth and Celt whisky productions. The Penderyn Gold range boasts Madeira, Peated, Sherrywood, Portwood and Rich Oak whiskies. Again, all are hugely popular with whisky lovers. Icons of Wales, is a further range, with Patagonia, YMA O HYD, The Headliner and Hiraeth in the line up. Many connoisseurs of whisky have a particular favourite.

Merlyn Welsh Cream Liqueur (17% vol) is a combination of fine malted barley spirit, plus pure, fresh dairy cream. A much-favoured choice, being smooth and mellow. Other fine spirits produced include gins, rums and vodka. All productions have very impressive presentations.

A visit to Penderyn Distillery and Visitor Centre is most interesting, with a lot to be learned from a tour and the masterclasses. Online ordering is available and easy.

TREVOR LANGLEY
Author: TREVOR LANGLEY

Independent Restaurant and Wine reviews. Trevor is not associated with any of the products or venues featured.

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