Penderyn Rhiannon, Icons of Wales Series No. 7, 2019
ABV: 46%
Region: Wales
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Distillery

Cask type: Vatting of ex-Oloroso Cask and ex-Bourbon Cask with Bordeaux Grand Cru Finish

 

Colour: Reddish gold.
Nose: Sweet and spicy on the nose with vanilla, apricots, red currants, some sultanas and oak. Then toffee arrives, followed by a touch of marzipan and notes of pine resin in the back.

Palate: Bold and sweet on the palate with toffee and figs. Then a warming spiciness emerges with black pepper and oak. Once the warmth fades, fruity notes of red currants and juicy peaches arive, lingering with creamy vanilla and subtle mocha towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is long, sweet and creamy with spiced oak and subtle dry tannins on the tail.
With water: Becomes spicier on the nose (oak, pepper) when a few drops of water are added. Still creamy and fruity with vanilla and some notes of red berries. The sweetness on the palate is a bit tamed while more sour notes of red currants are coming through. Peppery on the midpalate but less spicy when diluted. The finish is a bit shorter with more spiced oak and tannins coming through.
Comments: A delicious, fruity single malt from Wales with creamy toffee, gentle sweetness and warming spiciness. Already balanced and ideally bottled at 46% abv. This dram can be drunk without the addition of water in a cosy atmosphere with full enjoyment.

 

I thank Penderyn Distillery and Schlumberger Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG for the complimentary sample and the photograph!


Penderyn 7yo, 2011-2019, Bordeaux Grand Cru Single Cask
ABV: 60.2%
Region: Wales
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Distillery (German Selection by Schlumberger)

Cask type: Ex-Bourbon Barrel, Finish in a Bordeaux Grand Cru Cask (#GC1, 272 btl.)

 

Colour: Bright amber.
Nose: Fresh and fruity on the nose with red currants, slightly sour apples. apricots and peaches. Lingering notes of vanilla behind, nicely mixed with spiced oak, some tannins and a hint of white pepper. An enticing nose without any alcohol pungency!
Palate: Sweet and fruity on the palate with a load of red berries, sticky peach jam and creamy vanilla. Quite warming due to the high alcohol content, mixed with oak spice and some tannins underneath. Creamy towards the finish with raspberries and a touch of sour red currents.
Finish: The finish is long, warming and creamy with slightly bitter fruit compote, a touch of tannins, nutmeg and spiced oak on the tail.
With water: There is less fruit coming through when a splash of water is added. Still creamy with vanilla and some notes of ripe peaches. The sweetness on the palate is a bit tamed with less red berries. Some notes of vanilla mingle with oak spice and tannins towards the finish. The slightly warming finish shows medium length with subtle red berries, dry oak and tannins.
Comments: A wonderfully fruity, creamy and sweet single malt with a pleasant spiciness and depth. Despite the young age of almost 8 years already multi-layered, smooth and round. The alcohol is very well integrated and by no means disturbing or even pungent. Despite the 60% abv, this dram is very well enjoyable without adding any water. Well done!

 

I thank Schlumberger Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG for the complimentary sample and the photograph!


Penderyn 4yo, 2014-2019, Ex-Tawny Port Single Cask
ABV: 59.9%
Region: Wales
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Distillery (German Selection by Schlumberger)

Cask type: Ex-Bourbon Barrel, Finish in a 30yo Cockburn Tawny Cask (#PT316, 287 btl.)

 

Colour: Reddish amber.
Nose: There is immediately red fruit on the nose with cherries, strawberries and red currants. Some spices with oak and cinnamon arrive, followed by creamy notes of vanilla and milk chocolate in the back. The high alcohol content isn't pungent at all!
Palate: Fruity on the palate, again with cherries and strawberries. Now the alcohol is fairly noticeable. Quite intense and warming with cinnamon, spiced oak and a touch of white pepper. After the warmth fades, sticky notes of red fruit compote linger towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is long, warming and creamy with fruit compote, notes of grape seeds and a whiff of dry oak on the tail.
With water: Fresh, vibrant and still very fruity on the nose with a decent splash of water. Slightly more vanilla's coming through as well. Less warming but still bold and intense on the palate with a tamed fruitiness and more notes of dry oak coming to the fore. The finish is a bit shorter with fruit compote and spiced oak.
Comments: A sweet, creamy and pleasantly spicy single malt from Wales with a fine oak undertone. The port finish has provided wonderful red fruit aromas. Despite the young age of 4 years already very aromatic, without any metallic and/or yeasty nuances. Despite the high alcohol content, this dram is pleasantly enjoyable neat.

 

I thank Schlumberger Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG for the complimentary sample and the photograph!