Bought – Tesco, 12th November 2014
93/100 – Whisky Bible 2015
80.82/100 – Whiskybase (average from 13 member votes)
As Christmas draws ever closer, anything with the word “sherry” in it has me reaching for a mince pie. The Sherrywood is my second bottle by Penderyn, having got the Madeira last year. Both get great reviews and come highly recommended.
If you look in the Whisky Bible 2015 under “Penderyn” (the only whisky distillery in Wales) you’d be forgiven for thinking that the author, Jim Murray, has shares in the company! A very high proportion of the whiskies released by the distillery score 90 or more. The latest Sherrywood mentioned scores 93/100 with the comment “a malt that really must be tasted at body temperature for the very best results.” So don’t go putting any ice in it! Unless you live in an igloo, where “room temperature” tends to be a bit ice-like.
Remarks on Whiskybase suggest that, if you’re a fan of sherry cask whisky, then the Penderyn Sherrywood hits that juicy nail on the head. One comment mentions adding water then leaving the whisky for an hour to let it fully open up in the glass. An interesting idea but that suggests forward planning, or a lot of restraint. When it comes to whisky I generally want it when I pour it. Perhaps I should add “self control” to my list of resolutions for 2015!
Here’s ‘The Good Dram Show’ doing a tasting on You Tube (Oct 2012):