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This is the new version of Penderyn. Been wanting to try this distillery for a while so I was glad to see it available at a lower price. Still madiera finished, non-chillfiltered and, judging by the colour, caramel-free.
The aroma is very light, hinting at vanilla, grape, and bubblegum. Also lemon water. Nice, but takes some coaxing. It is light-bodied in the mouth with a crisp, slightly sharp attack. Reminds me somewhat of an Irish whiskey. Apparently their unique still results in a very high-strength spirit. The flavour is bittersweet. Dries on the finish, which is of medium length with a bit of a sour fruity flavour.
Overall I find this a strange whisky. Pleasant enough but it lacks the fullness and development that I like.