Welsh Whiskey

Welsh Distillery Penderyn To Open Second Facility

By Richard Thomas The only distillery in Wales, Penderyn, may soon create its own company, as the Swansea Council has granted the first round of approval for a £3.75 million project to turn the old Hafod Morfa Copperworks into a new distillery and visitors center. The development project is intended to create a tourist attraction drawing up to 50,000 visitors ...

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Q&A with Penderyn’s Stephen Davies

Close-Up on Distilling in Wales By Richard Thomas When Penderyn opened their doors in 2000, they became the first distillery to operate in Wales since the 19th Century. Since then, the micro-distillery has collected garlands aplenty, and demand is so high that Penderyn intends to triple their production. The busy little distillery in Rhondda Cynon Taf has become a place ...

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Penderyn Red Flag Single Malt Whiskey Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: B Red Flag is the inaugural expression of Penderyn’s “Icons of Wales” series. The Welsh distillery intends to release 50 of these limited edition Welsh whiskeys, each one highlighting an exemplary slice of Welsh history. In the case of Red Flag, that historic slice is the 1831 Merthyr Rising. The rising was the climax of years ...

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Penderyn Sherrywood Single Malt Whiskey Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: B+ The Sherrywood Single Malt is the third expression of Penderyn’s regular line of Welsh whiskey. Like the distillery’s Madeira Finish whiskey and many Sherry-finished whiskeys, the Sherrywood uses a two-cask maturation method. In keeping with Penderyn’s practice, aging starts in used bourbon barrels, mostly coming from Buffalo Trace and Evan Williams. Then the whiskey goes ...

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Penderyn Peated Single Malt Whiskey Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- The Welsh distillery Penderyn is one of the most interesting whiskey-makers I have come across in recent years, and not solely because they are Welsh. Penderyn is the only distillery in the business of making Welsh whiskey, freeing them from certain trade laws and industrial groups, such as the Scotch Whisky Association. It gives them ...

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