Penderyn Whisky

Penderyn Distillery, Wales

Distilling in Wales was a lost art, but in the late 1990s in a pub in a small post-industrial Welsh valley town, a group of friends drank and chatted about establishing the first whisky distillery in Wales in over a century. They dreamt of creating a whisky as pure and precious as Welsh gold, represented today by Penderyn’s ‘gold seam’.

The friends had a location in the historic village of Penderyn on the sourthern tip of the Brecon Beacons, chosen because of the site’s own supply of fresh natural spring water They also had a unique copper single-pot still designed by Dr David Faraday, a relative of the great 19th century scientist Michael Faraday.

Penderyn Whisky was launched on St David’s Day 2004 in the presence of HRH Prince Charles.

Penderyn produce their own malted barley spirit, which, when matured, is recognised worldwide as one of the finest malt whiskies. The majority of their spirit goes into cask for ageing in our cellars. The remainder is used to craft their other award-winning products.

With investment, inspiration, hard work, attention to detail, the finest barley, expert distillers and the best bourbon casks from America, Penderyn Whisky quickly gained a worldwide reputation, winning several awards en route.

‘A lost art no more.’

‘That Try’

‘That Try’ was created by Penderyn Single Malt Welsh Whisky as one of their ‘Icons of Wales’ Special Editions. ‘That Try’ recounts the highlights of the match that took place on 27th January 1973 in a packed Cardiff Arms Park, when the All Blacks’ wing Bryan Williams kicked a high ball into the Barbarians twenty-two, little did he think that less than thirty astonishing seconds later the Baa-Baas would score the greatest try ever seen.

Tasting Notes

Mild aromas of peat smoke, early morning at a rocky seaside and marmalade-on-toast all compete for our attention. A very fresh and clean whisky, beautifully distilled gives pleasure from the very first sip. In the mouth it begins with great sweetness before the smoky, slightly medicinal flavours descend. Slight bitterness follows that leaves a long lingering fresh taste in the mouth.

Location

Sporting Winemakers

Chosen Charity

WREX - Welsh Rugby Former International Players Association

Charity Number 1102484www.wrex.co.uk

WREX has been set up by the Welsh Former International Players Association. Its purpose is to provide fundraising events for the Welsh Former International Players Benevolent Fund. This is a recognised charity which provides help to former internationals after their rugby playing days in forms of medical help or even financial hardships. It has already helped quite a considerable number of players who have experienced ill health or rugby related injuries that would require medical assistance.

Our president is Mr Clive Rowlands OBE and is run by a committee comprising of a number of high profile ex internationals.

The events so far which have raised considerable monies is listed in our charity page. If you know of any ex international who may benefit from our help, we would appreciate you contacting us. We would especially like to thank Mr Bernard Jones OBE for his considerable help with his donations to our charity. There are also many others which have generously supported us and hopefully this will continue in the future.

The WREX organization was initially responsible for the building of the International Players Bar in the Millennium Stadium. It was originally named WREX and was built by the wonderful sponsorship supplied by Diageo. The room is now efficiently run by the Welsh Rugby Union and is proving massively popular on International days.

The Winemaker Says

I am delighted that the Sporting Wine Club has added our whisky to their sporting portfolio. Supporting the sporting community is at the forefront of so many ex-international's minds and knowing that £2.50 from every bottle sold is going towards my nominated charity, WREX, which helps former Welsh international players after their rugby playing days, is just fantastic! I am really looking forward to working with the club.

Sir Gareth Edwards