Penderyn 2007 Ex-Islay cask

Welsh Single Malt – 58.7%, 70cl
Single Cask #147/2007 – Ex-Islay Cask
Limited Edition of 180 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

In June 2014, the Penderyn distillery, which had previously sourced its mash from the Brian brewery in Cardiff, was equipped with a mill, mash tun and six washbacks so that it could produce its own mash for distillation. Aged in a second fill cask previously containing a famous Islay single malt, this version stages smoke and peat that reach their peak on the finish and in the dried extracts found in the empty glass. This gradual evolution sketches the contours of a palette of flavours and aromas that wonderfully reproduces the fruity and mineral style of this unique and uncompromising single malt.

Colour: pale gold.

Description

refined, balanced. First of all, a fruity (apple), exotic (pineapple, banana) and vanilla sequence takes centre stage. Then a veil of smoke gradually places a gentle bitterness (ash) over these very sweet notes. Once allowed to breathe, the aromatic palette is increasingly vinous (white Grenache, Marsanne), releasing the fragrances of a Havana cigar, slightly damp soil and roasted notes (roasted coffee).

at once lively and delicate. On the attack, stunning tannins coat the taste buds, creating a chocolatey, spicy (cinnamon, star anise) and unctuous film. On the mid-palate, smoke rings float through a green landscape bathed in sunlight. Freshly picked fruits (Louise Bonne pear, white peach) are placed delicately on freshly cut grass. At the end of the palate, dark chocolate and an evanescent peat appear alongside one another in perfect harmony.

long, generous. At the start of the finish, the same refined bitterness found in the palette of aromas returns. Like Ariane’s thread, it is a highlight of the tasting, now that the peat has become the most present. On the retro-nasal olfaction, candied lemon, cut hay and white florals (lily, iris) bring stunning iridescent nuances to the chromatic palette. Adding its signature to the tasting, a rich, oily peat literally surges from the empty glass.

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