Bought – Tesco, 10th October 2013
I haven’t included a review mark from the Whisky Bible mainly because there isn’t one recent enough to cover this bottling. When the 2013 bible was written, entries for Penderyn Madeira appear almost monthly and the last entry is for May 2012. My bottle is stamped December 2012, so I’ll have to wait until the Whisky Bible 2014 to find out what Jim Murray thinks of it.
What the Whisky Bible shows is that the Penderyn Madeira is consistently excellent. Of the 22 different versions in the 2013 bible edition, the lowest score is 85.5/100, with more than half scoring 90 or more. The highest mark is 95/100.
The review I’ve included from Ralfy is from 2010, so it predates the ‘Madeira’ version that I bought but it’s a good insight into what the Penderyn whisky is all about. Ralfy also does another review in 2010 where he visits the Bon Accord pub in Glasgow, Scotland where the landlord mentions how popular a seller the Penderyn is. Here’s a whisky pub in Scotland selling a vast selection of Scottish malts and a Welsh whisky is a best seller! It clearly shows that the Penderyn is crafted by Welsh wizards of whisky who really know their stuff!