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Penderyn Portwood Single Cask for Whiskyfestival Gent 2016


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

13th Oct 2016


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Penderyn from Wales was chosen to provide the festival bottling for the International Whisky Festival in Ghent (Belgium) for 2016. They chose a single cask of whisky that first matured on bourbon and then got a finish in port wood. That explains the pink sheen. 360 bottles at a drinking strength of 46% were available for 59 EUR. The nose is fairly sharp on sweet fruit like raspberry and black currant, but also reminds me immediately of a liqueur instead of a single malt. The port has had quite a bit of influence on the rather modest spirit. Butterscotch appears. And a hint of toffee apples. It is honeysweet on the palate, but quite spicy. Think chili pepper and a touch of cinnamon. The fruit is again of the red variety with cassis in the lead. Hint of plums and peach, but little else. Tastes very candy-like. You know those gummi cherries? That’s it. And I do not think it an advantage. The finish is fairly long and evolves from sweet to bittersweet. Nope, this is not my cup of tea. I am glad I did not get that bottle. Their national soccer team does better than this whisky.

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