Insider knowledge: Penderyn Welsh Whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Wales. If distilled in America the spelling would be Penderyn Welsh Whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Sweet, medium body. Herbal, vanilla, sweetness, resin, sultanas, toast. Over-ripe grape.
Palate: Thick and sweet, spices, green, biscuity. Custard.
Finish: Fresh, crisp, spices and stem ginger.
Mmm - the marmite of whisky. love it or hate it. it's an odd nose and flowery after taste. Ice please !
6th March 2014
I tried a bottle and it is not to my taste - a little sweeter than I normally prefer and the taste was strongly overshadowed by a very pervasive undertone in the bouquet which evoked the urine of a male cat!
I suppose it could be the bottle I bought however I won't be trying another....
4th March 2014
I've just tried this straight! A friend of mine bought it for me because I'm Welsh and thought I would enjoy it. Gawd, it burned all the way from my teeth to my stomach. Don't think I'll be finishing this bottle. Might try it with water then pass it on to my Scottish neighbour if I get the same result.
11th February 2014
Excellent whiskey - fresh but complex. Much better than the average Speyside in my humble
3rd January 2014
This was such a surprise. Being a whiskey snob I bought it for a laugh..
I was so wrong....
25th December 2013
A Welsh whisky? Can't be any good! How wrong I was! There are many good things coming out of Wales (including my three Grandchildren) and this is certainly one of the best.
23rd November 2013
There are whiskies, then there are whiskies,and this can live with any of them. I was interested in the view that some (perhaps most) of the negative comments are from Bell's drinkers. This is a very valid argument. I have long held the view that Bell's is what they use to disinfect the operating tables in Guy's Hospital.
30th September 2013
Great whiskey up there in my book
21st September 2013
Loved whisky for 30 years now and drink it quite a bit. This is as good as any of the Single Malt scotch whiskeys. I think some of the negative comments may have come from Bells drinkers.
7th September 2013
Not as smooth as some of the best cheaper single malts but most definitely worth a try
17th August 2013
This is very good, a little sweet for my taste, but if you like sweeter whisky you should enjoy this. It very well made and good quality.
12th August 2013
The Madeira really cuts into the taste. Might not be the smoothest but an excellent malt. Always going to keep one in the cabinet for me
12th July 2013
Being a Balvenie double wood (12 year old) fan I stumbled across the Penderyn distillery by accident this weekend. Purchased the 'Maderia' as a lets see. So full of flavour and unbelievably smooth. Sorry to admit I cut with ice but still just WOW!!
1st July 2013
Loved it,in fact we all did.!!Iechyd da!!
28th June 2013
Very agreeable dram..Sweet smooth and too moreish
17th June 2013
And my score...
7th June 2013
One of my favourites that I tasted on World Whisky Day 2013 (and I tried A LOT). Smooth, sweet and a sublime finish.
I absolutely agree with the reviewer above, even though I am from the land o' the pipes and the haggis. I visited Penderyn distillery (well worth a visit, very interesting indeed) and sampled this and the Peated expression. What I think people are forgetting is that this is not a Scotch whisky, nor does it pretend to be. It's a whisky in its own right, with its own identity, as different as Kentucky bourbon is to Speyside single malt. The Madeira finish is an absolute masterpiece, with the fruity flavour of the spirit melding beautifully with the influence of the madeira cask. On first tasting it, I was immediately reminded of a high-end small-batch white rum, full of rich flavours derived from the conditions in which the raw materials were grown. Penderyn's new make spirit, made with pure Welsh water as the reviewer above points out, has a strong character all of its own, and what Penderyn then does with it makes it even more unique and striking. So, my fellow Scotch drinkers, put aside your preconceptions and prepare to meet a totally new dram!
6th April 2013
I am guessing that the majority of negative feedbacks on here about Penderyn are written by those from the land of tartan and wild haggis! The fact is this whisky is quite simply outstanding for the price and is comparable to scottish whiskies of 2-3 times the price. It's thick, sweet and very easy on the palate. The pureness of the well water that has been used and the single distillation process make this whisky unique and triumph. I strongly recommend it and a visit to the distillery if you are ever down their way.
25th January 2013
This really is a first class whisky, wonderfully clean and easy to drink. Fantastic value at the price offered and I am sure that in years to come Penderyn will be globally recognised, a superb whisky.
20th December 2012
Didn't enjoy this drink at all; I don't even think it tasted like whisky. I bought a bottle and will not be drinking anymore of it. Might be one that grows on you but I won't be giving it the chance to.
3rd December 2012
I've had two bottles of this now, bought a couple of years apart. I bought the first one after tasting because it was, and remains, one of the nicest whiskies I have ever had the pleasure of drinking - particularly at this price point. The second bottle still had the same flavour, but was much more harsh, less subtle and with a slightly strange after taste. It was still a decent whisky but clearly not in the same league as the batch from a couple of years previously. I'd give the first bottle five stars and the second perhaps three. It may simply vary from batch to batch (or I may simply be imagining things!)
10th July 2012
Like anything to do with food and drink, everybody's taste is different. Ordered this today after my lunch out of curiosity more than anything else. As a lover of single malt from scotland such as glenlivet and glenkinchie I was convinced that this would not impress. How wrong I was. I'm no expert, but in my opinion, if you like a soft, smooth single malt, you'll struggle not to enjoy this. Try it and see for yourself!
7th May 2012
Absolutely gorgeous. One of the best drinking whiskies around. Delightful taste, lovely and smooth and under £30, there is no downside.
28th April 2012
Not wanting to be a Scotch snob I thought I'd try this when it came up on offer. I thought it had a very strong acetone aftertaste which overshone the subtle flavour. I ended up mixing it with Ginger Ale to finish it off, but others like it so worth a try.
6th March 2012
Superb introduction to wisgi drinking, absolutely superb.
3rd February 2012
This whisky is in a word - perfect. This is the most delicious whisky that I have ever tried.
11th January 2012
We, on the other hand, couldn't stand it! Came last out of 10 on our recent (blind) tasting. Too much Raki and Saki overtones (mixed with raisins) for our palates... but, hey, it was popular for the tasting because everyone agreed it was the least appealing! Have a go - sounds like a love it or hate it thing.
30th November 2010
The Welsh have cracked it! A very pallatable smooth whisky, one of which newcomers to the whisky world would thoroughly enjoy, an excellent entry level drink. The hardened whiskey connoisseur may find it a little new but very refreshing, it's a rewarding, very drinkable evening snifter and we love it.
22nd January 2010
AN EXCELLENT WHISKY TO COMPETE WITH ANY OTHER WHISKY ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS
16th December 2009