This is a Welsh whisky matured in bourbon casks and finished in Madeira casks. Penderyn distillery was launched in 2004 and at the moment this whisky is part of their core range (also called Penderyn Madeira Finish at some web shops).
Too stingy and fruity for my taste. Adding a drop of water, it felt a bit better. But still, I felt like trying to tame Moby Dick. This Welsh single malt did manage to give me some sort of enlightenment. It got tamed a wee bit. It didn’t feel great but it turned into fairly drinkable
So a few drops of water is the way to go with Penderyn Madeira Single Malt. Did you know, that the movie Moby Dick had parts of it filmed at the sea in front of Madeira Islands?
Nose: Smooth and sweet – much smoother than the taste. Starts out stingy and spicy, but it all fades away, turning the nose into smooth notes of oak and vanilla.
Taste: Oak, honey and vanilla are the main factors. Bit of spicy notes too. The nose did imply for a smooth taste but it turned out a bit too stingy.
Finish: Fruits last pretty long. Dry with sweetness of vanilla. Hints of oak.
Balance: An okay dram. Young and not in best balance but if a guy like me (doesn’t like pointy and fruity palates) can grow to drink it, I guess anyone can.
Nose: 19 | Taste: 19 | Finish: 19 | Balance: 19
Overall score: 76
Distillery: Penderyn distillery
Region: Penderyn, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales