Wales – both whiskies are bottled at 46%ABV – Sherry Wood can be had for £36 | $70 | €41 – Madeira Wood can be had for £36 | $70 | €41
Shame on me.
I’ve had these two whiskies reviewed for sometime now and, for the life of me, I could not locate any of my notes. I consider myself fairly organized and to misplace my notes pissed me off… just a bit.
Luckily, they have now been found so I can stop kicking myself in the arse.
Also lucky for me (and for you), posting the review of these two whiskies right now is perfect for the season as I found them to be fairly light and refreshing.
They’re a bit odd as well but hey, that’s a good thing. I quite enjoy trying whiskies from different regions and countries as they help to challenge what you think you know about whisky on the whole. Look around the the world-wide-interwebs and you will find reviews of Penderyn that run the gamut. From delicious to not-so-delicious. You’ll find it all.
What I ask of you is that you go into to this (or any whisk(e)y that is new to you) with an open mind. There are a lot of bourbon people out there who hate Scotch whisky; and vice versa. We all need to get out of our comfort zone and try to learn a bit. The following is my blinders-off-assessment of these two Penderyn whiskies and I’m glad that I went in without any preconceived notions as, in the end, I quite liked these whiskies.
Penderyn Madeira Wood
On the nose — Wafts of juniper; fresh & bright. Grinning a grin and stinking of gin.
Light with limes and white flesh peaches soaking in fine muscato wine.
Burning leaves in the springtime – I imagine myself as a little boy using a magnifying glass to light said leaves (this is not smoky in anyway, mind you. The aroma is just bringing back memories).
Far off scents of the railroad.
On the mouth — Light and almost grain-like in flavor (like an aged grain whisky).
Very one-sided with its light quality and bright, sweet citrus notes (think lime leaf and fizzy like seltzer with lime).
Thinnish in mouthfeel.
A touch of honey. Actually, a good amount of honey as we near the finish line.
Finish — Lots of cereal notes – very malty all of the sudden. Honey covered muesli.
In sum — A summery whisky that can be applied to any social situation. I can see a lot of blend drinkers liking this one. Light, sweet, fairly balanced and, simply approachable by anybody.
Penderyn Sherry Wood
On the nose — Similar to the lightness I got on the Madeira Penderyn except there’s no juniper.
It’s all on dark chocolate covered, raspberry nougat chews (if you can imagine a light version of that).
Rain puddles and sidewalk chalk.
It’s got a bite-y little nose on it too; prickily-dickily-doo.
On the mouth — Viscous mouthfeel with a very sherried influence.
Not ooey, sweet and cloying like some sherry bombs; fairly well integrated.
Fruit marmalades (grapefruit, orange and lime).
Thick and chewy but oh so light and brisk in flavor.
Finish — Slightly nutty and tannic (think halved walnuts). Faint notes of rye (?).
In sum — More complex than the Madeira version yet still light and easy going. Like the Madeira, I can picture myself pouring this in a very social setting where both whisky snobs and whisky noobs are hanging out – a easy pleaser.
Special thanks to Luke at Penderyn for the samples!