Wales

Penderyn 6 Years Old Batch 1 (50%, TBWC)

Penderyn 6 Years Old Batch 1

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 50%
  • Age: 6 Years Old
  • Bottling: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company, Batch 1
  • Category: Welsh whisky
  • Cost: £64.95
  • Origin: Penderyn distillery
  • Vintage: Undeclared

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What they say

A whisky from way out west – Wales, to be exact! This is the first batch of Penderyn single malt whisky to be independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, and it was matured for 6 years before the Boutique-y bunch got their mitts on it. The label features a technical drawing of the incredibly cool still found at the distillery, which was designed by Dr. David Faraday, a relative of legendary inventor Michael Faraday! iIf you look closely, you’ll also see a little nod to Dr. Jim Swan, one of Penderyn’s founders who had plenty of involvement in developing the distillery’s house style…

Official tasting notes:

  • Nose: Leafy herbs and stone fruit, with underlying malty richness.
  • Palate: Herbaceous once again, though now with a subtle floral twist of jasmine. Juicy peaches and vanilla pod earthiness arrive soon after.
  • Finish: Honeyed barley, greengage, white grape and cut grass.

What I say

My first Indie bottled Penderyn. When revisiting their core range recently I was pleasantly surprised to find things had improved with Penderyn. Interested to see what is going on here with the added ex-Moscatel wine cask maturation.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Pale Chardonnay gold (4/20), numerous medium tears and legs.
  • Nose: Oaky and zesty, my initial thought was ex-bourbon/white oak, fresh citrus zest and peel and a little freshly squeezed juice, sugary, golden syrup, honey, hint of orange, cardamom, pine resin and vanilla.
  • Taste: Medium-full bodied, syrupy on the palate with plenty of spice too immediately, Cayenne pepper, chilli flakes, iqourice and clove, soapy sweetness and sherry fruits, raisin, Morello cherry.
  • Finish: Long, spice with a honey sweetness plus a little sherbet.

Overall

Syrupy and sweet, very drinkable but also very spiced on the palate. Contains an odd soapiness before the sherried fruits arrive. An odd little number indeed.

Score 84/100

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