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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

18th Feb 2016


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The Penderyn Celt is special in the sense that it was finished in Laphroaig Quarter Casks. I was told this by Giancarlo Bianchi, Penderyn’s European Sales Manager. I presume – but have no intel to back this up – that it is the same age (read: young) as the Myth, but with an extra finish. There is no information on how long said finish was. This whisky is extremely pale. Well, there is not a lot going on on the nose. I recognize the basic whisky (say, the Myth), with its apples, vanilla and yeast. Feinty, I believe it is called. This one is certainly that. The expected smoky jacket is hardly discernable on the nose. It is as thin on the palate as the Myth – what a shame! – but now the effect of the Laphraoig casks shines through. It is still an eau-de-vie instead of a whisky in my book, but the smokiness does give it an extra dimension. Think plasticine and some seaweeds. But the taste is too light to truly please. The finish is medium long on apples and vanilla in a mild smoky jacket. Not exactly a happy marriage in my book. I feel the Penderyn spirit is too delicate to cope with Laffie. And the Laffie hardly made a contribution. This is bound to end in a divorce. Around 50 EUR.

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cricklewood commented

@markjedi1 I just had to check out a review with the Sub heading "divorce" nice one! This is not the first I hear of whisky being finished in ex Laphroiag Quarter casks, I thnk there is mentions somewhere of Wolfburn doing the same.

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markjedi1 commented

@cricklewood: I have heard that as well. Might not be a bad idea, but I do not believe each and every spirit profits from it. The Penderyn spirit - imho obviously - did not.

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