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I met Giancarlo Bianchi, the European Sales Manager of Penderyn, at the Antwerp whisky festival. He presented the new Penderyn releases: the Myth and the Celt. But under the table, I noticed a bottle of new make with the Penderyn logo. ‘Sorry, that is not for sale’ Giancarlo told me. So I used my charm (read: the blog’s visitor card) and could convince him to fill up my sample bottle with the new make. Thank you, Giancarlo! I have a weak spot for embryonal whisky, you see? Here goes. The nose is all about grain, completely cooked out vegetables (think green beans mostly) and loads of earthy notes. Even something that reminds me of cod oil. That does not mean it smell bad. But it is quite different, to say the least. It is creamy on the palate and very accessible despite the almost 60% ABV. I say almost, but it might as well be a little over it. Giancarlo could not say for sure. But it is certainly a lot sweeter on the palate. It reminds me a bit of pear drops, but with small rocks in it. Make sense? I cannot get that toffee apple out of my head while enjoying the long finish. Good stuff. Very nice new make. Now for some good wood and enough time to mature.