Wales — 46%ABV — $70 | £36 | €55
Penderyn is a new distillery in Wales.
Sometimes I feel like a dumb American. I’m feeling like one right now as I can not tell you anything about Wales; nothing. All of the geographical and societal information regarding Wales that I learned way back in high school went through my brain like a sieve. I hope the Welsh people do not take this personally.
“Every time I learn something new it pushes some old stuff out” – Homer J. Simpson
I decided to learn a bit about Wales before I posted about this whisky and was lucky enough to find this great informational video from Ali G:
I hope this video helped you as much as it helped me!
Let’s give it a few minutes to open up here…
Fruity and flowery on the nose (but as if you’re downwind of the orchard and flower garden).
Still, a very light & restrained nose.
On the mouth — Surprise! This is a much bigger whisky than I would have expected from the hints the nose was giving me!
The peat here is very understated, practically minute.
Finish — A sea breeze finish that lasts a good while.
In sum — This is the off beat, odd duck, alt-country indy rocker of whiskies. Don’t go into this thinking you’re going to get a Scotch-type like whisky. Don’t go into this thinking that, if the label says it’s peated that you’re going to get a smokey whisky. This is a whisky all its own. That aside, and as much as I enjoy a young whisky, I think this would have gotten some benefit from a bit more time in a cask (or perhaps to another type of cask to add other elements).
Special thanks goes out to Luke O’Mahony for the sample!!