Origin: Penderyn (Wales)
Type: Single Malt Welsh Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Maderia
Added coloring: No
Owner: Penderyn Distillery
Average price: € 50.00
Official website: penderyn.wales
We conclude the tasting of the Gold series in the basic bottlings of the Welsh distillery with a finishing in casks that have contained Portuguese fortified wine, like the others without adulteration and at a good alcohol strength.
The nose has an acidic sweetness of lychee, pineapple, kiwi, grapefruit and currants on a layer of malt and wet cereal with some floral brush strokes. Over time, it refines and softens, gliding towards buttery, warm tones, with some wood and spice veins. Young and pleasant.
The softness of the nose is found in the mouth, with a more consistent body than I expected. There is a crescendo of spices along the dram (ginger, cinnamon, black pepper), a plum cake with candied fruit, including red fruits, pineapple and apple, some inflections of nuts and lots and lots of wood, with a certain astringency. On the length, a rather consistent vegetal notes emerge, which soon take the lead in the flavours…
…leading to a dry, vegetal finish, with an undercurrent of malt, spice, wood.
You certainly don’t look for complexity and richness in bottles like this, but it still manages to deliver a few ‘kicks’, albeit limited by its youth. It’s nevertheless a viaticum with respect to the distillery’s possibilities, leaving you curious to try more elaborate editions.