We have decided to cast our net a little wider for this tasting, Penderyn a Welsh distillery that we have enjoyed sampling from before (albeit at Whisky festivals). This is our first review though and we thought we would go for the Sherrywood bottling. The first thing that struck us about the nose was the alcohol feel. That did lessen though to leave brown sugar, apricots, red wine, toffee, and cut hay. The palate reminded us of Ribena, caramac, and sweet perfume. The finish was long, bitter, and lingering. The whisky had a golden amber colour and soft and sticky texture. Letting this dram breathe didn’t do a lot and adding water sharpened the nose.
Overall there weren’t that many sherry notes in this dram. One of the panel did find it far too sweet for them though. We felt it could have done with some more time in the cask and would be interested to try an older version of this.
Penderyn Single Malt Welsh Whisky is finished to impart a generous flavour of subtle complexity. Hand crated to perfection, the unique distillation and maturation produces a single malt whisky in which the Penderyn style is enhanced by rich tones of dry sherry.
Notes: 46% ABV – £45 per bottle at time of tasting