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Every now and again the Penderyn Master Distiller will select one or two of the very best Penderyn casks. They assert these are chosen as outstanding examples of their single malt whisky and are used to create limited edition Single Cask editions.
I have bottle 196/238 of cask B227. The spirit is distilled in a unique Faraday still to 92%ABV. I was told by the distiller that this was casked at 63.4% and bottled at 63.2%. This is interesting as you would normally expect angels share of 2% and it is 6 yr matured in 2nd fill hogshead (Buffalo Trace) bourbon casks.
The nose is amazing. Sweet, vanilla, malt, spiced oak, big floral note, a faint waft dry spices that remind me of walking through an Egyptian souk. It has rich luscious fruity notes of peaches and apricots. It is a compelling nose that really opens up with time in the glass.
On the palate it is smooth and slightly oily. It drinks very well and the vanilla, floral notes and juicy fruits push to the front.
The finish has a peppery bite and mid tongue tang.
There is no doubt this was a great cask and the whisky drinks really well. My favourite element is the nose. That being said, at £249 a bottle you are paying for rarity as much as quality.
Is it worth it? Yes. Is it the best single malt at this price, possibly not but it is very good.