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Penderyn Madeira Finish

I almost tamed Moby Dick

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

8th Mar 2013


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Penderyn Madeira Finish was another stingy and fruity one (which aren't my 'cup of tea'). But after I saw some potential in it, I thought that maybe water would make it suitable for me. After adding a drop of water in this, it got a little better for my taste. Water took away the stinginess a bit.

So I felt a bit like I had tamed Moby Dick. I had turned a whisky I usually detest into a whisky that was okay. I'm not saying this was great but it gave me some sort of enlightenment. A whisky of this kind can be drinkable, nice.

By the way, did you know that parts of the movie Moby Dick were shot at the sea in front of Madeira Islands?

Nose: Sweet and much smoother than the taste. Starts with a stingy and spicy note though. But it fades into smooth oak and vanilla very quickly.

Taste: Very oaky with honey and vanilla. There's some spicy notes as well and the taste is not as smooth as the nose would imply.

Finish: Fruity with a lasting impression. Not the best in flavors but lasts enough to give you a feel of what it has. Sweet with hints of vanilla.

Balance: An OK whisky of it's kind. This coming from me, it has to be a good one for people who love these types.

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Rigmorole commented

Tried this a few weeks ago at a pub. I thought it was unbalanced but interesting. Ultimately, it tasted amateurish to me, like something someone might in their garage or barn or something. Still, I don't regret trying it.

To me, this bottling shows promise. I also like the fact that it was made by women in Wales and not men in Scotland. That piqued my interest. I would order another type of Penderyn in the future out of curiosity, but not this one twice. If it were offered to me at a party, I would gladly drink a glass of it, however.

9 years ago 0

Rantavahti commented

I agree with you there and interesting fact about the manufacturing. Makes me want to try something else from their range too!

9 years ago 0

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