Penderyn Distillery DistilleryPenderyn Distillery Distillery

Distillery
Founded in 2004
Penderyn boasts itself as the first Welsh distillery in over a century. Launched March 1, 2004, the distillery is situated in a mountain range in a small village in South Wales named Brecon Beacons.

It is also home to Forest Fawr Geopark — a UNESCO site. Penderyn has garnered much critical acclaim since its inception.

Their Madeira Finish won Best World Whisky, Gold Medal at the 2012 & 2013 International Whisky Competition, and many other accolades.

Their ultra small batch methods yield only limited quantities of Welsh Whisky in a single day, resulting in a distinctive highly unique Spirit.

Penderyn product line is produced using a pot still created by Dr. David Faraday, descendent of the ground-breaking Victorian scientist, Michael Faraday.
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As a Flaviar Member, you can visit this distillery and enjoy a distillery tour with peeks behind the scenes, and members' perks.
Flaviar members get a free guided distillery tour (+1 guest) and 2 tastings in the tasting room. They also get a free Penderyn branded glass, a chance to meet and greet with notable people at the distillery (based on availability) and a 10% discount in the Visitor Centre shop. Every additional member of the group gets a 10% discount off the standard entry fee.
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Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Established
    2004
  • Visitor Center
    Yes
  • Status
    Active
  • Address
    Pontpren, Aberdare CF44 0SX, UK
  • Phone
    +44 1685 810650
  • Website
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In June 2008 the distillery opened their visitors center, and none other than Prince Charles, Prince of Wales led the proceedings.
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This is Penderyn Distillery, maker of award-winning Whiskies that travel the world.

There are some unique things about Penderyn. It uses unique stills which produces a flavorsome Spirit at an industry high of 92 percent ABV. It's very creative with its wood management. It has an all-women distilling team. And finally, it's in Wales.

Wales has a history of distilling. The Penderyn was the first Welsh distillery in over a hundred years. The original Welsh Whisky Company made this. But where is that distillery and what is there today? We now head to Fron-goch near Bala, a 120 miles due north in that direction.

This is where the original distillery once stood, but as you can see there's nothing left. This is what it looked like. The Welsh Whisky Company was founded here in 1889 and it cost ten million pounds in today's money. It was an ambitious project intended to challenge the Scottish and Irish Whiskies. It had a railway station, a commodious malthouse, malt kilns, a peach store and extensive offices. In 1891 Queen Victoria visited and on the 26th of July 1895 Welsh Whisky company received a warrant and Royal Welsh Whisky was born. It was however hampered by the temperance movement inside Wales and unlike Penderyn, became a curiosity outside of Wales. And then April 1903 the company was wound up. It later became a prisoner of war camp but that's another story. Even though the actual distillery is gone, a few things remain. This was a distillery manager's house. This was the head office. This was the station and this is the last brick.

Little is known of the Whisky itself but adverts at the time stated that it was a five-year-old peated malt and rather fancifully said - "Welsh Whisky is the most wonderful Whisky that ever drove the skeleton from the feasts or painted landscapes in the brain of the man."

Bottles of this original Welsh Whisky now sell for thousands of pounds. To celebrate their pioneering predecessors Penderyn have created a new icons of Wales edition. It's called Royal Welsh Whisky. Distilling in Wales was a lost, but not anymore. Iechyd da!

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