Reviews: Penderyn Sherrywood and PeatedOctober 29th, 2010
My week of new release reviews will conclude here with Penderyn’s Sherrywood and Peated whiskies.
Penderyn “Sherrywood,” (06/2008 release), 46%, $70
The original Penderyn is finished in Madeira casks. I like the original better (which I rated an 84), as it tastes more mature and the Madeira seems to dovetail better with the other flavors. Fruity (red raspberry, strawberry, banana), with underlying sweet notes (honeyed vanilla, caramel, a hint of butterscotch). Quick, clean finish. Maybe this whisky just needed a little more aging for everything to come together?
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 79
Penderyn “Peated” (12/2009 release), 46%, $70
My feelings here are the same as for the Sherrywood: it comes across as younger and less mature than the original Madeira wood finish version. This one has some peat smoke in the mix. Malty sweet (with some graham cracker, nougat, and hints of butterscotch), peppered with light smoke. Quick, lightly smoky finish.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 77