For my part, I was keen to revisit a freshly opened bottle of the Torfa, having had a rather negative 1st experience a few years ago at Quaich in Singapore. And was equally curious what else Glenglassaugh had to offer. As for Inchmurrin? I had no pre-conceived notions… however found our tryst with Pendryn’s Madeira sufficiently interesting to be curious to compare.
The minis were followed by Royal Brackla 16 year 40%… just because it was already open and I hadn’t tried it yet… a most acceptable justification! Turned out to be a great food accompaniment.
It has been several years since I sampled a Penderyn… We simply don’t often come across a Welsh whisky in Mumbai, India.
After deciding on a trio of miniatures – Glencadam 15, Auchroisk and Glen Keith – my sampling companion pulled out an open bottle of Penderyn Madeira. Seemed a perfect chance to revisit!
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…