Penderyn is the first Welsh Distillery in over a century. It was launched on March 1, 2004, in the presence of HRH Prince Charles himself. The distillery is situated in Penderyn, a small village located in Brecon Beacons, a mountain range in South Wales. Bacon Beacons is known for being home to Forest Fawr Geopark, which surrounds Penderyn, and was recognised by UNESCO to exhibit "geological heritage of great significance”. Penderyn produce merely 1 barrel of Wysgi(Welsh for Whisky) using their single copper still per day. All of their malts are matured first in hand-selected Bourbon barrels, and then further matured in special Madeira barriques. In the decade since the founding Penderyn has won critical acclaim from various competitions and people in the Spirits business, and have built a following of thirsty Whisky-heads looking for that X-factor in Whisky.
Penderyn Madeira Finish acts as the flagship and core expression of the Penderyn Distillery. It’s producing 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.
This has become one of my favorites. Tasting it in the tasting box, and bought a bottle of it, and also the rich oak. I prefer this one over the rich oak, but it's now in my home bar. Perfect for the bourbon/rye drinker who's entering into the scotch/whiskey world.
Instant favorite, so smooth with slight vanilla and sweet. But t not overwhelming. Very nice sipping whiskey.
Smooth and sweet
Light and sweet, very tasty. I’m only giving it an 8 because I haven’t tried enough whiskies to use my 9s already.
Loved the vanilla and sweet.
(A tale of three whiskies, A) Sweet nose, hints of toffee. A nice pleasant sweet, smooth mouth feel with a nice finish. Enjoyable.
Taste like a really good caramel flavored vodka with a hint of bourbon
There is a smell I cannot tell. A stinky sweetness. Like a moldy caramel.
Smooth, but not very flavorful.
Sweet and a little spicy! Young, but smooth. Very mellow, with vanilla and fruit shining through.
Very light, not as rich and smooth as in the past. Very sad.
Its not bad at all, very smooth, but also VERY sweet, a bit too sweet for my taste but still a nice whiskey.
Almost sweet finish good for daily nightcap if needed
Smooth, flavorful, and enjoyable.
Still young but not too light. Not very balanced as it remains a strong whisky but the flavors could have comme out strongly and more pronounced.
a little too sweet. wife likes it.
Like fruity notes
Sweet and smooth. Lacks some flavor at the end, but good to sip on the rocks.
Very sweet. No bite. Good for sipping straight.
Bigger nose than actual flavor. Vanilla and caramel for sure with no finish. Sort of fell off at the end. Enjoyable just not great.
Very well done. Unique, sweet and smooth. Nice finish.
Good but not outstanding.
Initial nose impression was odd, a bit musty. As it oxygenated, the aroma became sweet like light vanilla coffee & cream
Taste is more delicate. The vanilla is there. mild spicy burn. Wasn't very complex to me and I didn't pick up on citrus as others have.
This is a weird one, but not in a bad way. Very sweet palate, but unexpected burn going down. Would drink again, not sure if I'd buy.
A sweet beginning that goes down very smoothly. Reminds me a lot of Glengoyne. Nice to have a Welsh addition to the collection.
Sweet with a mild to moderate burn. A few drops of water mellows out the burn.
Surprised at how much this one burned going down after reading the other feedback. Really didn’t get any sweetness. Kind of has a paint thinner vibe going.
Surprisingly good. Very sweet with a tint of spice. Not much burn on the back end. This is definitely a great whiskey to have neat or on the rocks.
Spicy mouth, smooth at swallow, warm down the throat. Very pleasant.
Sweet and smooth. Banana Bread on the nose.
I liked it, tasted like a sweet and smooth scotch.
This is an underrated whiskey from Wales. It’s one of the most smoothest scotch with no after burn and sipping delight. It’s very smooth and has great Vanilla notes and caramel aromas -mild notes, I would compare it to a basil Hayden with skotch character and stable flavor throughout.
Smells like pinot gris and tastes like a nice brandy. Sweet and warming.
Sweet smell nice sweet on the front but the finish is a little harsh still drinkable though
Smooth easy drinking. Good Transition if you are looking to explore something more like a Bourbon but with a more tame sweetness. Don’t think it will make the home bar cut though
Lovely and warm!
"Nose: Lots of vanilla and baking spices make up the dominate notes on the nose. Sweet smelling but with a younger snap to it.
Palate: More baking spices and a sweetness of a vanilla custard that smooths it out. A zestiness brightens everything.
Finish: Some herbal notes like you’d find walking in your garden. The vanilla carries through to the finish but more in a vanilla wafer cookie flavor. Finish is shorter than you want."
Hated the taste.
Really sweet smell but the taste was bitter. Hints of vanilla and lemon peel
Very smooth, hint of vanilla
Burn up front, once you get past that can taste the vanilla and sweetness.
Big burn indeed. A little lopsided. Lots of vanilla and general sweetness. Maybe some raisin and herbs on the back end.
Big burn up front, then vanilla and lemon peel with herbal flavors in the background and finally finished biscuitty and malty. Rough at the start, but friendly at the end. Solid stuff
Very smooth to the point I agree a little watery but a great after dinner sweet bourbon 🥃.
Super sweet, enjoyable dram. Not very complex but enjoyable nonetheless. Get big vanilla custardy flavor on the nose all the way through the finish. A little biscuit too. Finish is real short, not a ton of spice.
Looks and tastes watery. Inverse from most whiskeys, it starts weak, and then gets more character as the ice settles in. Maybe it'd be good neat?
Looks and tastes watery, despite being 46% ABV. Oddly, while most whiskeys are initially harsh until the ice settles in, this one starts calm/plain and gets more character after a few minutes on ice. Maybe this means it would be good neat?
Very light drink with minimal flavor.
Good over ice ball.
Smooth, vanilla notes, nice finish
Vanilla nose. Good amount of sweet. A touch of water smoothed it nicely.
Very sweet, but enjoyable.
Straw colored in the glass. Strong madeira nose - a deep grape bordering on umami (like an umeboshi without the sourness). Palate is vanilla sweetness, sweet herbs. Custardy, coats the palate and has a moderately hefty mouthfeel. Some cocoa comes out with aeration. Finish is short and sweet, vanilla forward. A good everyday sipper - haven't tried much from Penderyn but this definitely makes me want to try more!
Smooth and sweet. I enjoyed it.
Delicious and sweet. But taste was very short lived.
VERY sweet, sugary almost, creamy, and smooth, with a slight oak taste. I like it!
This one did not grab me. Light in color for a maderia cask. Not complex enough for me.
Not bad at all. Very smooth and simple. Good sweet finish. Enjoyable
Smooth & not too sweet. I enjoyed
Smooth no burn. Flavorful but not harsh. Solid.
Not my favorite but definitely enjoyable. Very nice and strong vanilla and caramel scent.
Very smooth and delicious! Not smokey at all.
Quite smooth, reasonably sweet, and very enjoyable. Might have to get the full bottle of this one.
It was sweet but not too sweet. I really enjoyed the tasting. I hope to get a full bottle next.
I thought it was pretty flat in favor other that just sweet
Very good. Madeira finish really stands out.
Fruit and jammy nose, sweet on the first sip. Finish is short but smooth. Some peat that dissolves on the rocks.
This was well balanced and smooth
Too sweet for my taste.
Acidic, woody, orange taste with a lingering white wine finish.
Not a fan.
My new fav. LOVED it the my tasting box and lamented that it’s not carried near me, and a couple months later it’s stocked at my local liquor store! Score! I tend to like sweeter, more mellow whiskies... this one is tops.
First sip I was not too impressed. Added a couple of drops of water and wow! Great whiskey!
Very smooth and sweet. Good for sipping after dinner
Very fruity with a simultaneous bite. Responds well with a few drops of water. Absolutely taste of the Madeira dominant in this one. Great legs and finish.
Got this in the Tale of Three Whiskies... tasting box. Great flavors... good drinking whisky.
Got this in the "A Tale of Three Whiskies" tasting box. I was surprised and glad to discover that this was the first Penderyn I have truly enjoyed (not that I have had more than a couple in the past). It's elegant and fresh, teasingly herbal behind an up-front butterscotch/toffee profile. Sweet but subtle. Tasted in a Glencairn glass.
I was expecting this to be way too sweet, but was pleasantly surprised with the flavors and finish. Great dessert drink or an option when you’re looking for something lighter. I enjoyed it.
Makes a good desert treat. Pretty sweet flavoring.
Vanilla notes and herbaceous.
It is an outstanding, balanced, Welsh Whisky with a rich & clean birth; while a thick & crisp life leads to a balanced death of medium length.
Initially the nose has a Scotch peaty feel, but the initial burn on the lips makes this a bit harsh for me. It has a sweetness in the background, average whiskey at best.
Citrus and light. Was neat to try a Welsh whiskey not sure I’d buy a bottle though. Has a hoppy flavor.
Great flavor. Really explodes on the tongue and smells great too! I wish Flaviar would sell more of thier samples; I would buy a bottle of this stuff.
Vanilla notes and herbaceous.
Awesomely sweet bouquet. Fruity splash and a smooth finish. Very tasty!
Strong sugar/sweet aroma. Gentle and easy to drink.
Sweet, fruity, tropical notes. Heavy wine influence with whiskey finish.
Smells like pineapples/tropical fruit. Tastes tangy and fruity, a bit overwhelmingly. Couldn’t taste much beyond it. Short to medium finish
Tastes like if sweet tarts made whisky
not much of a nose.Sweet flavor is pleasant. Burns a bit at the end
Excellent flavor profile, but too sweet for me personally.
Very smooth. Light and fruity taste with a slight burn on the finish.
Not good, way to sweet
This was surprisingly good for being so subtle. It almost has a Gin quality to it on the nose and initial taste, but then goes light and sweet with some tropical fruit notes. Nice subtle burn on the finish.