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Penderyn Distillery Wales

Penderyn Portwood

Review of Penderyn Portwood, the whisky of Wales.

Origin: Penderyn (Wales)
Type: Single Malt Welsh Whisky
Gradation: 46%ABV
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Port
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: N/A
Owner: Penderyn Distillery
Average price: € 65.00
Official website: penderyn.wales
Vote: 76/100

I return to the blog with another whisky outside the usual coordinates, or rather in this case a wysgi.
Penderyn is in fact one of the two Welsh distilleries together with Dà Mhìle, and of the two it’s definitely the most active and established on the market since the beginning of the new millennium. The peculiarity of their production is that they buy the wash, i.e. the fermented must, from the nearby Brain’s Brewery to distil it in a personal variation of a pot-still still with an added column (more information on the official website). As you might guess from the name, this whisky is a NAS ex-Bourbon finished in ex-Port casks. Initially dedicated to the French market, it was then distributed worldwide with an alcohol content of between 41 and 46%.
This bottling has existed since 2010, but recently the distillery’s entire range has undergone a complete makeover, repositioning itself with a decidedly cooler and more precious image (and obviously raising prices).

To the eye it has an amber colour which we do not know whether it is of artificial origin or not.
The nose initially expresses hints of red berry fruit, currants, strawberry jam, followed by a certain light vinosity which then gives way to woody and dry notes.
The same dryness is clearly perceived on the palate: it dries up the saliva and stings the tongue with a certain alcoholic quality. Notes of malt biscuits, red apple, and orange peel.
The finish is still dry, bittering, light, but quite persistent. Simple but clean profile.

It’s an interesting product, but with a price-quality ratio that is frankly unsustainable, particularly since the distillery does not offer any of the premiums of the artisanal realities (like even more information on the processing). It therefore seems to be a product redesigned to expand the new boutique distillery range, as suggested by the restyling of the bottles and the price increase.
It’s a shame because the distillery’s historic products such as Madeira (soon to be featured on these screens) offered decent quality at a great price.

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