Penderyn single malt reviewsPosted: March 7, 2012
If you want to approach tasting a whisky à la Oz Clarke or Jilly Goolden then stick your nose in where it belongs – the glass. Only four basic flavours can be detected by taste; bitter, sour, sweet and salt, but the human nose has more than 1000 different smell identifiers. And a single malt whisky can carry up to 400 aromas.
According to those with ‘the nose’, Penderyn single malt varieties have aromas of honey, vanilla, toast, malt, smoke, nuts, flowers and fruits. But you won’t truly know until you take the plunge.
Penderyn Madeira Finished Single Malt Whisky (46%)
This single malt defines Penderyn’s house style of whisky. Matured in bourbon barrels, finished in rich Madeira wine casks and bottled at premium strength, it’s smooth, light in character and softly golden in colour.
This has an exceptionally balanced taste with an aroma of cream toffee, tropical fruits and vanilla. The vanilla follows through in the taste, along with a deliciously warming Madeira wine note.
Penderyn Sherrywood Single Malt Whisky (46%)
This is finished to impart a generous flavour of subtle complexity. Enhanced by rich tones of dry sherry, Penderyn has created a single malt which delivers the sweetness of a sherry alongside the richness and warmth of a whisky.
Sherrywood yields rich dark fruits and caramels from the dry Oloroso sherry casks. The taste begins with a kick of sweetness and gives way to refreshing dryness which persists into the finish.
Penderyn Peated Single Malt Whisky (46%)
The distillers at Penderyn swore they would never produce a peated whisky. But after a mix-up in Scotland, where they bought peated barrels from Islay, they ended up with one.
Luckily for them it proved a firm favourite among drinkers. With a beautifully sweet aromatic smokiness, this single malt gives way to refreshing citrus and green apple notes. For those who find drinking Laphroaig like inhaling a bonfire, this is the malt for you.