Welsh Distillery Aber Falls Releases Its First 100% Welsh Single Malt Whisky

By Allyson Nichols / May 28, 2021

Aber Falls Distillery in Abergwyngregyn, Wales, recently launched its first 100% Welsh single malt whisky.

Milled and distilled in North Wales using 100% Welsh malted barley and rock-filtered water from the Aber Falls waterfall, Spirit of North Wales Inaugural Whisky is aged in the distillery’s local Welsh warehouses, before being bottled on site at the distillery. It is distilled in a copper pot still and matured in a mix of wooden barrels, including American and European oak, Spanish sherry, Virgin oak and Orange Wine casks selected to enhance the flavor profile during maturation.

The amber expression, produced and bottled on-site, contains tropical fruit flavors, followed by scents of sweet hay and cut grass, according to official tasting notes. The palate delivers warmth with dark chocolate and golden syrup before rounding off with a touch of cream and vanilla to finish.

Spirit of North Wales Inaugural Whisky

Spirit of North Wales Inaugural Whisky (image via Aber Falls)

“The setting of Aber Falls is so unique, nestled between the Menai Straits and the Carneddau mountain range, offering a remote microclimate, creating the ideal conditions to influence the character of the whisky,” Master Blender at Aber Falls Dr Kirsty McCallum said in a prepared statement. “One of the big advantages of producing whisky in Wales is having more scope to experiment with a variety of casks, and our wood strategy has also been a key contributor to the finished liquid, which we’re extremely pleased with for a three-year-old bottling.”

To complement the characteristics of the whisky, the ‘Inaugural Release’ has a bespoke bottle, boldly embossed with the brand’s Triquetra and topped off with a wooden cap. The bottle is presented in a gift box made from fully sustainable materials, supporting Aber Falls’ pledge to be 100% sustainable in the future.

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The Inaugural Release of Spirit of North Wales Whisky, which is the first of many age-declared whiskies and special editions planned for the future, is bottled at 46% ABV, and the 70cl expression runs at a retail price of £45.