Tuesday, March 8, 2011
A Glass Of Welsh
The other day I popped into Liquid Pleasure and picked this little gem up. Had to have it. I was intrigued, first by the unusual packaging, and then, having picked it up and read the words on the front, intrigued further because I'd never heard of Welsh Whisky, especially not Single Malt Welsh Whisky. Sounds odd, doesn't it? No-one ever orders a Welsh on the rocks or a Welsh and ginger. But perhaps they will in future. After all, making whisky does not have to be strictly a Scots activity, does it?
So I tried it, and have to say I was well pleased. It's called Penderyn, as you can see by the picture, and it's made by The Welsh Whisky Company (unsurprisingly), based in, well, Penderyn, which is a gorgeous little town in South Wales. The whisky itself is matured in Madeira casks which give a lovely fruity depth to the flavour after the initial aroma of caramel has worn off. There's a slight vanilla aftertaste which is lovely. It's also a premium strength whisky which means it is 46% alcohol by volume, so sip slowly! I strongly recommend going to the website at www.welsh-whisky.co.uk and looking at all the wonderful pictures. While you're there, you can also purchase the whisky online.