Penderyn Releases America Bound Single Cask Single Malt Welsh Whisky

By Hannah Kanik / June 8, 2021

Penderyn Distillery recently unveiled its latest creation, exclusively for the American market: Penderyn 10 Year Old Ex-Ruby Port Single Cask (No. 178).

This news comes as the Welsh distillery prepares to open a new flagship distillery in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons National Park and Llandudno, Wales, UK.

The Penderyn 10-Year-Old Ex-Ruby Port Single Cask (No. 178) has just 231 bottles and is only available in the U.S. market through importer ImpEx Beverages. It has 60.06% alcohol by volume and will be sold at a suggested retail price of $150.

Penderyn 10-Year-Old Ex-Ruby Port Single Cask (No. 178)

Penderyn 10-Year-Old Ex-Ruby Port Single Cask (No. 178) (image via Penderyn)

The single cask whisky was filled into casks in 2011 and bottled in 2021. After spending 2.5 years in a Buffalo Trace Bourbon cask and 7.5 years in a Ruby Port cask, the result is a nose of red fruits with citrus zest, oily hazelnuts and dark chocolate, with dates, figs, and plums, according to the distillery’s official tasting notes.

The taste has vanilla sweetness with woodland berries, like raspberries and wild strawberries, mixed with plum jam and oak tannins and cinnamon spices. The finish is a fruity sweetness leading into an oaky dryness, with some dark chocolate and black coffee bitterness.

The limited expression can be found on store shelves in CA, AK, TX, MA, NY, CO, IL, and mid-Atlantic states. These special releases are handpicked in partnership with Sam Filmus, president of ImpEx Beverages, who assists Penderyn’s distilling team in making the final selections.

Penderyn recently received a Double Gold Medal for its Peated whiskey and Gold Medals for the Portwood and Rich Oak whiskeys in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It also scored five Gold Medals at the Spirits Business’ annual World Whisky Masters event for its Madeira, Peated, Myth, Celt, and Moscatel Small Batch whiskies.

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