Welsh whisky company Penderyn recently announced a new whisky for the American market, USA Limited Release #1.
It’s the first of an ongoing series of small batches to be released in the U.S., with this rare release of 1,210 bottles made from single malt from four different casks.
Those casks are an ex-bourbon barrel, an STR cask (Shave, Toast, Re-Char), and two from Penderyn’s sweet Portuguese wine barriques collection (Ruby Port and Carcavelos fortified wine).
The limited-release expression clocks in at 50% ABV and is only available in the U.S. through importer ImpEx Beverages of San Francisco, California.
A statement from the distiller explained that Penderyn Master Blender Aista Phillips crafted the small batch by marrying the selection of unconventional casks to achieve new flavors.
“These small batch releases are completely distinct from anything else in our core range of premium single malt Welsh whiskies,” said Giancarlo Bianchi, Penderyn’s commercial director. “Adding a distinct touch, 25% of the batch comes from STR (Shave, Toast, Re-Char) casks, a technique that was developed by the late Dr. Jim Swan, a renowned whisky expert and distiller who was instrumental in creating Penderyn’s house style.”
Penderyn’s USA Limited Release #1 is 75-percent double-distilled in a traditional “lantern” still (which Penderyn acquired in 2014 in order to experiment with). The remaining 25% is distilled in Penderyn’s signature single copper-pot Faraday Still.
The distiller’s notes show that the blend of sweet Portuguese wine and ex-bourbon casks results in a nose of apples and pears with a creaminess that incorporates caramel and raisins. On the palate, vanilla and honey sweetness with orchard fruits and marmalade accompany light notes of oaky spice. Toasted wood dryness with peppery spices linger with the finish.
The limited edition comes to the U.S. as Penderyn prepares to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its new flagship distillery in Llandudno, North Wales.
The limited bottling of 1,210, with a suggested retail price of $110, is now on store shelves in CA, MA, NY/NJ, NE, IL, KS, AZ, NV, TX, DC/DE/MD, WA, TN, OR, and MN.
For more information, check out www.penderyn.wales.