Penderyn MadeiraFinish acts as the flagship and core expression of the Penderyn distillery. It’s produced using a pot still created by Dr. David Faraday, descendent of the ground-breaking Victorian scientist, Michael Faraday. The spirit is aged in ex-Bourbon casks from the Buffalo Trace distillery, followed by a six-month finishing maturation in Madeira wine casks. This final maturation is crucial for the Whisky to have a round, multi-layered, and nuanced flavour profile. Penderyn Madeira finish was the Winner of the Best World Whisky, Gold Medal at the 2012 & 2013 International Whisky Competition, and many other accolades.
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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 acuriosity 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!