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Vive La Difference. One to try without prejudice.
on 15 August 2017
Having sadly bypasses the distillery on a return visit from Wales, I had often looked at the bottles of Penderyn that were making inroads into my local supermarkets and been curious. Could the Welsh make a decent whisky? I had tried the gin (quaffable enough, but slightly underwhelming, given the glowing reviews), I'd even tried the Merlyn cream liquor (rather more-ish, and one that seemed to improve from opening). Then I saw this one on Amazon, on offer, at 46% and with a 'Madeira finish'. Once more I was intrigued, my interest further piqued by the range of widely differing reviews. This time I bit the bullet.
So what is it like? It is deceptively smooth on the palate, and is certainly worthy of a place alongside the Scotch and Irish variants. It has a smoky finish following a sweet and warming opening, and for me was a little reminiscent of William Lawson's blended scotch. It is quite light; the taste is not as intense as an aged whisky, which would be in keeping with the younger whisky style to which Penderyn belongs.
Would I buy it again? Yes. Is it up there with the likes of Highland Park or Lapraiogh? Not at this time, but vive la difference, I reckon.