It has been several years since I sampled a Penderyn… We simply don’t often come across a Welsh whisky in Mumbai, India.
Penderyn Madeira NAS 46%
What did we find?
- Nose – Initially lots of wood varnish then tropical fruits – particularly bananas almost like the synthetic banana flavouring, demerara sugar, quite a sharp quality too
- Palate – First quaff was a bit peculiar, old musty wooden cupboard, medicinal, forced wine… but then it began to mellow and shift into custard, granny candies,
- Finish – First impression was quite tart then sweetened – cranberries shifting into vanilla flavouring
This was one of those whiskies that took some time to get used to… Our 1st thought was “you can have a conversation about this whisky” but that didn’t necessarily translate into enthusiastic appreciation.
Yet at some point that shifted – about the time the nose took on a distinctive “banana cream pie” we found ourselves rather enjoying it. Funny how that happens sometimes…
For kicks, I pulled out my tasting notes from more than four years ago… sampled as a trio of Penderyn Sherrywood, Madeira, Peated
- Nose – Varnish, bit of caramel, lots of flowery perfumed notes and quite sweet, fruity with banana and melons?
- Palate – Some body, a little bolder, woody, more character than the Sherrywood
- Finish – Short, bit of fruit yet also bitter
As for the Pendryn official tasting notes? Here is what they have to say:
- Nose – It has a classic freshness with aromas of cream toffee, rich fruit and raisins.
- Palate… is crisp and finely rounded, with the sweetness to balance an appetising dryness.
- Finish – Notes of tropical fruit, raisins and vanilla persist in the finish.
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