Penderyn Peated70cl / 46%
- Welsh Single Malt Whisky
Penderyn Peated Reviews
Producer's NoteThe Penderyn Peated in this bottle has been aged in ex-bourbon barrels and ex-peated Scotch whisky casks to bring out its appealing character. At a generous 46% ABV, it introduces itself with sweet, aromatic smoke. Under this there are signature notes of vanilla, green apple and refreshing citrus. An array of gentle flavours tempts even the most sophisticated palate, while smoke and vanilla linger on the attractive medium length finish.
5 Customer Reviews
First taste I wasn't impressed. But the more I try it the more complex it is. Bought it as I love peated whisky but as it's not peated in the traditional sense it takes some tasting. Very subtle but some great flavours in there with the hint of peat and smoke really lingering on the aftertaste. Very caramel and sweet up front but a very long finish
As noted by other reviewers, the peat smoke comes from ageing in former Laphroaig barrels rather than from peated barley, because the substances that impart the flavour don't survive the Penderyn distillery's unique distillation process. The smoke is beautifully subtle, accompanied by tobacco and sweet fruit, with only a slight suggestion of peat in the nose. It would be unfair to compare it to a scotch whisky at all, because as Wales' sole whisky distillery, they produce a product truly unlike anything else I've ever sampled. I feel this expectation may be most people's downfall; if you have a mind to try it, expect something very unique.
I was trying a few whiskeys in whiskey bar and spotted this welsh one open. They didn't have normal one open. By far the worst of the evening. Couldn't finish it. It went down the sink. Hope the normal one is better.
I also sampled this at the Penderyn Distillery. An extraordinary whisky. Not the traditional 'peatiness' of a Scotch, because, as the previous reviewer notes, the barley isn't peated, it's the finishing cask which delivers the flavour. The smoke is hardly discernible on the nose or in the taste, but it crops up - as if by magic - in the after-taste. Like all Penderyn whiskies, it's a cryptic crossword, one to mull over.
I sampled this at the Penderyn distillery, while it's good whisky, I was more interested that this isn't peated in the traditional sense, (ie. by using peated barley) but is aged in barrels formerly containing another heavily peated whisky.