Our Whisky Ladies explored an evening of finishes… moving from Speyside to Wales to explore the affect of Madeira on whisky… Here is what we discovered…
Penderyn Madeira 46%
- Nose – When freshly opened had a bright sharpness, metallic, then shifted into a perfume – rose and other flowers, then fruity, then the wood came to the fore followed by a nice nuttiness of chestnuts, shifting further to a chewy gummy bear, from candy to creme brûlée
- Palate – Fruits and spice, some tannins, with a lovely slow progression, an nice understated but interesting character, some dates, toffee and cream
- Finish – Cotton candy, then toffee and a hint of vanilla
We really enjoyed this one! One of the few times it was absolutely a unanimous “thumbs up!” We found it very drinkable, feminine, with enough going on to keep us engaged.
I set it aside and revisited after sampling all unusual finishes of the evening. What did I find? An initial whiff of sweet varnish, then a lovely candied toffee, vanilla… simply yum!
This is another you can find at some duty free or, if you picked it up from the Whisky Exchange in the UK, it would set you back approx £40.
And what do the folks at Pendryn have to say?
This whisky is the original Penderyn ‘house style’, aged in ex-bourbon barrels and finished in ex-Madeira wine casks to bring out its full gold character. It is bottled at 46% abv.
Official Tasting Notes:
- Nose: A classic freshness with aromas of cream toffee, rich fruit and raisins.
- Palate: Crisp and finely rounded, with the sweetness to balance an appetising dryness.
- Finish: Notes of tropical fruit, raisins and vanilla persist.
- Balance: Oaky vanilla tones/dry sweetness
What other finishes did the Whisky Ladies explore that eve?
- Speyside – Glenfiddich IPA 43%
- Wales – Penderyn Madeira 46% – from an earlier tasting
- Highland – Tomatin 14 year Port Wood finish 46%
- India – Amrut Port Pipe Peated 48%
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