News on Penderyn Welsh WhiskyOctober 1st, 2008
Penderyn is a great example of what a small distillery can do. They only began operation in 2000, and only put out their first whisky in 2004, but I have been really impressed with the quality of the whisky, considering how young it is. They have also been doing a pretty good job of getting it out in circulation and making it available for those who want a bottle, considering they only make about two barrels of whisky each day.
There’s no age statement but, according to Ed Minning of Penderyn, the whisky right now is hovering between 4 3/4 and 5 1/2 year old. The whisky tastes much more mature than that. Whisky consultant guru Dr. Jim Swan is working closely with the Penderyn folks, and his impact shows.
Here’s some interesting information the Ed Minning told me regarding Penderyn:
Jim intends to eventually reach about 6 1/2 to 7 years (for the average age of Penderyn), above which he says there will be no benefit in additional aging because of the unique still.
There are actually 2 new expressions that we are just about to introduce in the U.S., Peated and Sherrywood. Regarding the limited edition Peated expression, it is far different from the 1,000 bottle limited release ($225) of several years ago.
So, some new expressions coming out from Penderyn. Details to follow. And if you thought that Penderyn has been getting better (like me), the gradual transition towards a slightly more mature whisky might be one of the key reasons why.