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Penderyn Welsh Madeira

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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: You can do better for something in this price range, but for a piece of Welsh whisky history I see no reason not to add this one to your collection.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: On the palate, there’s toffee and orange cake, an array of tropical fruits with papaya and passion fruit sweetness, and a good thrust of pepper and clove, leaving just a hint of grated chocolate and cask char in a dry finish.
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  • Raided Score: 50
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: Hard to say it tastes like a Single Malt. Much closer to some ‘foreign’ experiments, like Guillon in Champagne or even India’s Sikkim, than to any SMSW. Short and watery finish, on melon liquor. Ouch.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Never really echoes wine but rather finishes on notes of green grass, heather, and burlap sack. Wholly drinkable, though.
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: Finishes elegantly, with a bittersweet dash of vanilla bean.
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  • Raided Score: 80
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: It has gotten more complex but it still feels like gushers and smuckers strawberry jam going down.
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  • Intro:

    This is Welsh distilled spirit matured in Madeira wine casks. Madeira, so hot, right now.

  • Nose:

    Hay, straw, jam and strawberries. Reminds me strongly of smuckers. Raspberries, gusher like artificial fruit sweetness. Syrupy.

  • Taste:

    Sweet and syrupy. Funky fruit notes with some mustiness. This is definitely a madeira

  • Finish:

    Medium but not hot. It has gotten more complex but it still feels like gushers and smuckers strawberry jam going down.

  • Overall:

    I want to like this whiskey and I can appreciate what it is doing but it's just not for me. I hope to try more Penderyn soon and I love madeira finished whiskies so I think this just might be a modest miss for my tastes. I feel like I belong in the old folks home with the Smuckers over 100yo club drinking this. Maybe next time, my Welsh friends.

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