Latest update: November 6th 2016
PENDERYN DISTILLERY MINIATURES
Whisky distillation began in Wales in the first millennium, when the local monks began distilling a ‘wisgi’ spirit. Genuine Welsh whisky distillation continued into the 19th century until the Frongoch distillery near Bala in North Wales finally closed its doors in 1896. The launch of the Welsh Whisky Founders Bond signals the welcome return of whisky distillation to Wales, after an absence of over 100 years.
The malt whisky tradition is being revived at Penderyn – a small village nestling in the Brecon Beacons National Park. It’s an area famous for spectacular mountain scenery, open moorlands and clean, clear rivers, streams and waterfalls. Now it has another claim to fame, as the ‘spiritual home’ of Welsh distilling.
This picturesque mountain range supplies the pure spring water for their still. The water flows over peat land and permeates through porous red sandstone and limestone caverns before being drawn directly into the distillery.
The water is married with their malted barley to be distilled into Penderyn single malt. After maturing in bourbon casks, the whisky is finished in Madeira barrels to create a distinctive, smooth, single malt that is light on the palette and smooth to taste.
The Gwalia Distillery in Penderyn has been purpose built to create the Principality’s only Welsh whisky.