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Penderyn Legend

(70cl, 41%)

Penderyn Legend

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Penderyn Legend Bottling Note

Penderyn Legend is a Welsh single malt whisky firstly matured in bourbon barrels and finished in ex-Madeira casks before it's bottled, imparting an intriguing touch of vibrant sweetness. It has been bottled at 41% ABV, slightly lower than the Welsh distillers' other Madeira-cask-finished single malt.

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Penderyn Legend Reviews

Very good for £23

It needs a dribble of water to loosen up the flavours and take away some of the initial harshness but after that it's sweet, light and chrisp. I'm not sure I'd be happy if I paid £30 for it but it's often on sale and worth a punt if you find it on offer.

7th November 2020

Full of flavour, excellent for the price.

I'm a particular fan of Madeira cask finishes, perhaps the best I've had was the Balvenie 17 Year Old release from 2009, this doesn't quite compare with that but it does come close to the later 21 Year Old bottling from Balvenie at less than 1/4 of the price at time of writing.

The nose is full of fruits and sweet spices but the first hit on the palate is very light - I can understand the other reviews calling it bland. However, this is just the initial impact and I find it quite refreshing for such a fruit heavy whisky not to bowl you over right away, the flavour developes brilliantly as it moves across the tongue with a sweet citrus morphing into apples and almost a hint of cinnamon. Finally it leaves you with the warm sultana finish characteristic of madeira cask whiskies.

For its price it is an excellent whisky, almost a 4.5 but to earn that I'll need to be convinced of the consistency with a second bottle.

6th October 2020

Fiery and bland

Not great. Very strong on the throat even with a drop of water. The taste after that lingers is nice but the initial hit is hot, fiery and bland. Not for me I'm afraid.

15th September 2020


Fabulous stuff been a whiskey man all my life now at 68 have all the years of tasting to draw from .This legend is just that ,I have found it in a Welsh bottle. Truly THE LAST WORD FOR ME

30th August 2020

Not one for me

First try of this brand, others in the line up may be better with more depth of flavour, as said below rather harsh and bland for me even with a drop of water. I’ll have this bottle for a while I think

22nd July 2020

A very agreeable tipple.

I like this neat - very much a summer drink for me - it has it's own style (i.e. a Welsh whisky) and does not pretend to be something that it is not. As with all things Welsh, it sits very well in the company of other nationalities, whether they be Scottish, Irish, Spanish, American. Italian, German, Indian or whatever - I enjoy having different company & just sticking to 1 whisky, 1 conversation, 1 group of friends etc would be a very boring life indeed! Penderyn Legend is good company - very smooth, sweet and inoffensive, but can pleasantly surprise you on occasion - it is not going to bore you senseless with technicalities nor is it going to tell you long rambling yarns - it is going to leave you with a feeling that it is something a bit different that you haven't quite understood, but don't really need to know in order to enjoy it. That's the way I like it & if you don't like it, please feel free to send me any bottles that you might have lying around. Hwyl dda - lloniannau.

14th July 2020

Excellent easy drinking whisky.

This must be the easiest drinking whisky I've ever tasted. I would say its more of a summer whisky, light an fruity. An everyday whiskey, easy drinking.

27th June 2020

Go a bit native

The Whisky is fine, but I bought a bottle for a Welsh friend who lives in Essex. I was disappointed to see nothing in the Welsh language on the bottle. I am sure that something in Welsh would add to the intrinsic value of your Welsh whisky

17th June 2020

I’m Buying again!

I like my whisky on the light side and found this very palatable if unchallenging. I’m buying it again.

14th June 2020

Very drinkable drop

Some very harsh reviews here as this is a really drinkable whisky. Ok it does lack the real depth of flavour on the tongue, and is a touch sweet for me, but....
...It is nonetheless a most enjoyable dram and I would think quite accessible if you're fairly new to whiskey. Don't listen to the naysayers - this is worth trying!

7th April 2020

Have a go if you get a good deal.

My wife and I love Penderyn but this one is a bit harsh and hits the backs of your throat. My wife doesn’t like it, Don’t get me wrong it’s a good single malt but needs ageing.

3rd April 2020

Nothing smoother.Love it.


2nd April 2020

Not good

Not good

16th February 2020

Too young really be ive tasted worse

Light and airy, with green apples to fore.. First taste isnt good. It does improve tho with air and a lot more with just a teaspoon of water to double dram.
more apples, some vanilla, mayve just taste the madera cask, but its a bit young.#Quite drinkable once your used to it..the water helps a lot.

1st February 2020

A bit different.

I'm quite confused by these reviews, half call it smooth, half call it firey, are you all drinking the same bottle? Very fresh and floral, raw and peppery spice.

It's the only bottle in my cabinet that goes down very slowly and not because I am savouring it, it's not bad, just not my cup of tea to be honest.

16th January 2020

Fine but bland

I first started Penderyn with the Madeira finish. Really loved that, a nice departure from many Scottish Single Malts. I picked up the Legend hoping for something equally interesting. What I found was pretty bland. Like Orange Squash watered down too much. Not bad, not great, just bland. You could mix it with something and probably not notice it, and it isn't a solo drinker either.

21st December 2019


Bloody lovely

22nd November 2019

Have a wee dram nightly and will certainly buy again 10/10

Equal to most (62 years experience been savouring since my early 20s) but do tend to spread my taste buds around a bit, will buy or willingly accept as a gift anytime.

10th October 2019

Sweeter that most but very good

I think this would be best described as a dessert whisky, a fantastic finisher to a meaty meal. Give it a couple of ice cubes and you have a whisky with a slightly sweet edge but with great smoothness and very drinkable. This is different to my usual choices but very enjoyable and, I feel, is a good addition to anyone’s whisky collection.

6th August 2019

Spicy fighter.

Different or not?. It's a strong fighter! It fills the mouth with a bunch of spicy varieties of pepper and jenjiber. That s all folks!.

1st January 2019


A lovely smooth malt 🥃 that deserves no accompaniment 🥃

17th November 2018

Better than most of the whisky I've tasted in Scotland

I'm laughing at the below comments. Clearly have no idea what this whisky is. It's meant to be sweet as it clearly says in the advertising. It is a beautiful, fresh, fruity single malt, and the fact that this has become so popular so quickly all around the world says enough. I was recently in Spain, Singapore and CDG over the past few months and this is sold out in these places from speaking to the assistants. I've lived in Scotland for over 20 years and done all the tours, many nights of whisky tasting and this as advertised as what it is. It tastes different from other whisky's for a reason. Stick to selling pish to American's. It's a new brand and taste and it will be ultra successful without the need for huge advertising whisky needs in Scotland and Ireland to be successful.

3rd November 2018


Smooth. Lively. Exotic. Sultry.
Ignore the hidebound whiskey ‘connoisseurs’ ; and enjoy this delightful whiskey.
Well done Penderyn.

28th October 2018

Dont bother

I'm a well seasoned whisky drinker and im afraid this one is a swerve. I like to think I am fair with all the drams I try and take them for their individual character. However this particular entry is rather poor. Dont get me wrong penderyn have some big hitters in their range, but this aint one.

8th October 2018

Needs more respect than what the overall review score gives

I think for the money it's good, nice and smooth, gives a good kick up the nose as u sip. The sweetness is a bit different, but definatly smooth and drinkable, would buy again. Lacking a bit on complexity but would deffo buy again.

13th August 2018

Could do without the finish

I want to have faith in Penderyn, I think its great that Welsh whisky is coming around, its just they need to drop the madeira finishes, it really doesn't work for it in my opinion, too sweet, too sickly and not balanced. Its a shame because the spirit underneath has potential... hopefully they will release some age stated no nonsense stuff soon... just to be able to get the full distillery character.

11th April 2018

Big disappointment

Expected much better - tried to enjoy it but it is rough and burns the throat. Big disappointment.

9th March 2018

Feels /manly/.

It's like drinking rocks pulled out from under a shipwreck.
Almost inclined to concede it as undrinkable neat; one hell of a punch with every sip.

Very different class from my usual tipples, which makes for a refreshing variety in my cabinet. A welcomed distinction where there's usually sameness.

25th December 2017

Mild !

Mild, smooth, easy to drink !

12th December 2017

Oh dear. Don’t waste your money

Like whisky but without the flavour.

9th December 2017

Good quality..


22nd October 2017

Great sipping whisky

I can name but three top whiskies in the uk worth drinking, and this is one of them.
Don`t believe all you see in the bad reviews, not everyone`s taste buds are still in tact.

20th October 2017

Not all bad but I'd stick with a nice scotch malt

Not so bad, got a little bit of a tequila type taste at first, afterwards came the warmth of a malt whisky.
I'd Prefer to stay with the Scots for whisky in future but pleasantly surprised.
Light, floral and fruity.

12th September 2017


There is a bit of a tequila tang. Really disappointing. Not smooth and not enjoyable.

28th June 2017

It's got to be a five

Just got my first malt whisky from the land of my father, absolutely yummy 😋
I shall certainly be trying more Welsh malts.
Percy, ( a Yorkshire Welsh lad )

19th June 2017

Nae thanks neeb!

A mix of cat sick, nail varnish remover and twigs.
Not good!

20th May 2017

Stick to rugby

Not very nice. It just doesn't taste like a £35 whisky. Too much of a chemical taint to smell and taste. Wales does good rugby but for whisky I'm gonna stay in Scotland

15th May 2017

Not nice

Not a good taste. Has a chemical undertone and is a little harsh. It leaves an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Adding water helps but not much.

2nd March 2017

Good value

Good. Soft start. Nice middle. Hot finish. Not too smoky. Not too strong taste. Good balanced.

7th February 2017

Spend the money on something else!

On this evidence, the Welsh should leave whisky distilling to the Scots and Irish. As someone below said, more like oak aged vodka, tastes of young spirit. I wouldn't have believed it was a malt on blind tasting.

20th December 2016

Good for the money

While not as full on as the medera finish, this is still good, a splash of water mellows it & makes for a very morish dram.

30th November 2016

Give it a go!!!

Seen this on offer at £25 in the supermarket, really wasn’t sure.
I quickly had a peek at and on my phone to see what the masses thought, and found as I expected very mixed reviews; some lovers and some haters.
Well I gave it a go and was very surprised, first sip seemed strange; I usually go for a decent highland single malt. I found this to be very light and floral, I entered into this with an open mind willing for it at best to be drinkable and at worst dish water. Penderyn Legend has way surpassed anything I had expected very drinkable and moreish; makes we want to try more in the range from the Penderyn Distillery.
Give it a go, you too may be surprised; the Welsh don't just produce good singers.

18th October 2016

A Honest Product

An Amber Gold Whisky at 41% abv. Having taken the tour and tasting at the distillery I can attest to the honesty with which this product is presented.
Smooth & silky with sweet Madeira notes it is not has a simple body & richness.
It presents soft notes on the nose that further mellow on both nose & palette when rested.0
I preferred it without added water.
The character of Citrus Fruit, Apple, Cream, Fudge and Biscuits can be distinguished.
It has a lovely soft & smooth finish.

21st August 2016

Not what you expect

After receiving as a gift, I wasn't sure what to expect.
The first dram I tried left me a bit upset at how harsh and overpowering the initial taste was. However...
On a separate occasion, a very small dash of water was added, and the flavour changed quite a lot. The initial nose gave a definite sign of the Bourbon cask. First taste is earthy and almost flat, but then developed into a smoothness and mild sweetness towards the back of the tongue.
A very interesting whiskey, and a flavour to be investigated rather than dismissed.

5th July 2016

Chemical not aged

I felt a chemical smell from the off and it carried on in the taste I persevered and its not offensive but I know I can get better for the money. A little water does improve the whisky

5th March 2016


As another reviewer has said, i would not have believed this was a Malt. On the nose, harsh, volatile. On the palate, harsh again, unrefined, chemical lacking a distinct charachter. I struggled to like this, but having bought 2 bottles on special,offer, I am mightily disapointed. On a blind taste I doubt if anyone would belibe that this is a supposed premium whisky. Tastes like a cheap belnd, very cheap. Sorry.

19th February 2016

A malt?

Very disappointing. Would not believe this was a malt whisky unless the label said so.

18th February 2016


A creamy, smooth, clear whisky that is unbeatable in terms of taste and uniqueness.

27th January 2016

lived up to the name Legend

Very good taste and nose, it lingered on the back of my tongue to prolong the flavour and for me had an intriguing spicyness. I had a glass with a nice spicy chili and I could not decide if the food enhanced the whisky, or the whisky enhanced food.

3rd January 2016

Not Keen, Does not taste like a whisky

Found it to be like more like a bitter vodka. More like Adnams oak aged vodka. Quite unpleasant taste to me. Have tried to like it but so far my tastes have not become accustomed to it.

1st January 2016

Silk in a glass.

This is something else. Saliva glands exploding at the first sip, but getting excited at the nose. So smooth it truly is one to try. No nasty throat burn, just a glide of taste and that warm feeling on the swallow.. I'm no expert but this just floats my boat for a 3 ice cube single.

14th December 2015

The Seeker

Penderyn Peated was my first bottle and I loved it. It was an easy 9/10 but this stuff is even better. It's smoothness and creaminess is second to none. it has fresh fruits and vanilla on the nose along with subtle oaky Bourbon notes. I almost thought my bottle had a hole in it as it was going down at an alarming rate. This is simply one of the most well balanced and well constructed single malts I've ever had. The influence from the Buffalo Trace and Madeira casks is clearly evident. This small Welsh distillery is doing miracles and I highly recommend the tour, great value for money. This gets my highest recommendation.

6th September 2015

A true legend

This fine Welsh whisky is well balanced with both madeira and bourbon finishes. Smooth and very drinkable.

8th May 2015


Just what I was looking for. really enjoy a Madeira finish but they can become a bit 'much' after a while. the bourbon cask start helps to balance out some of the Madeira to create what I've been waiting for. the fact it's created a few miles from me and having done the 'tour' with full Welsh choir accompaniment makes it almost perfect.

4th March 2015

Martin clarke

The Welsh have conquered the single malt market with the Legend a Triumph in a Glass.

1st November 2014

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