Welsh Whiskey

Noted Whisky Consultant Dr. Jim Swan Dies, Age 75

By Richard Thomas Dr. Jim Swan, the noted whisky expert who was best known for his handiwork in advising several new whisky distilleries around the glove, passed away suddenly yesterday in his home in Edinburgh. He was 75. Swan, who held a PhD in Chemistry and Biological Studies from Heriot-Watt University, began his career with a ten year stint as chief ...

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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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