World By Nino Marchetti / November 6, 2018 The distillery known as Penderyn operates out of a quiet area in Wales, a region of the United Kingdom not normally known for whisky. Penderyn, in fact, is noted for having been the first whisky operation established in over a century in the area. They’ve been producing some well regarded expressions since opening in 2004, and now the latest bottling has been debuted that will be part of their core range. The new Penderyn Rich Oak, according to those behind it, is a non age statement expression that starts off its life maturing in ex-bourbon barrels. It is then transferred to rejuvenated European ex-wine casks for a finishing process before being bottled at 46% ABV. This particular bottling proof is lower than previous offerings of this expression. Penderyn Rich Oak (image via Penderyn) “Penderyn Whiskies are going from strength to strength – literally in the case of Rich Oak – and we are delighted to be able to add this wonderful and much sought-after whisky to our flagship range,” said Stephen Davies, Penderyn’s Chief Exec, in a prepared statement. Plans call for Rich Oak to price at £45, or close to $60 USD. It joins the distillery’s Madeira, Sherrywood, Portwood and Peated in what’s known as its Gold Range. You’ll find some official tasting notes below for your consideration. Nose: Dark chocolate fudge with cinnamon and pepper spices, followed by lush fruit – green apples, mango, banana and guavas. Palate: Rich and complex. A creamy texture with hints of vanilla, oak and cinnamon, and a hint of nutty toffee. Finish: A creamy-vanilla flavour which is in no rush to ebb away.