Penderyn Celt

Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.

1st March is St David’s day – in preparation for this I’m going to be posting tasting notes for a selection of Penderyn Welsh whiskies.

Colour:

Very pale.

Nose:

Sweet, chocolate, icing sugar, oak, slight orange citrus and the traditional green apples.

Palate:

Creamy vanilla, chocolate – both milk and dark, plums, smoke and slight peatiness.

Finish:

Fruity (plums again) to start leading to smoke and dark chocolate. Slightly drying.

Overall:

The first time I tried tasting this I had the awful moment where my photo background fell over and spilled pretty much all of my sample. Thankfully Master of Malt are very quick on their deliveries so I was able to order a new sample and got it in time to write this review.

After trying That Try I was very disappointed and I was worried whether Penderyn was a one trick pony, with all their drams having green apples and some sort of creamy vanilla flavours and that’s it. Thankfully Celt has redeemed them in my eyes! Although it had those green apple and vanilla notes it but the smokes and fruit notes really took this one somewhere else. Yes you could tell it’s from Penderyn but it’s definitely a different beast from their usual expressions and unlike That Try I think they are actually underselling it with their tasting notes. Oh and at £36 a bottle I think it’s well worth the money!

 

Notes:

Taken from The Penderyn Website.

TASTING NOTES

Nose: Mild aromas of peat smoke, early morning at the rocky seaside and warm marmalade on toast all compete for our attention.

Palate: It begins with great sweetness before the smoky, slightly medicinal flavours descend.

Finish: Slight bitterness follows that leaves a long and lingering freshness in the mouth.

2016 World Whisky Masters ‘Europe Single Malt Premium Whiskies’ – Gold

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