This Icons of Wales release is rooted in 11th-century mythology with stories that feature strong woman characters and who other than Rhiannon. A horse goddess who could outrun anyone who pursued her. She was intelligent, generous, strong-willed, and otherworldly. She used magic to get rid of suitors and survived magical thunderstorms. In Welsh, Rhiannon means Great Queen or Divine Queen. This release is named after her and we are all fans of the Fleetwood Mac song, so a win-win!
Distilling in Wales was a lost art but in the late 1990s, a group of friends started chatting about a new distillery while sipping beers at a pub. The village of Penderyn was chosen because of the natural spring water and the first whisky was released in 2004. They have now expanded with a new distillery that was built in the Spring of 2021 in Llandudno North Wales and another distillery is planned for Swansea.
Release No. 7 of the Icons of Wales.
This release is a vatting of Oloroso sherry casks and Bordeaux Grand Cru casks that matured their single malt.
Tasting Notes from the distillery:
Nose: Spicy sweetness with the hint of vanilla; oak tannins, red berries, blackcurrants, hazelnuts, pears, sultanas and sweet marzipan
Taste: Smooth velvety sweetness; creamy caramel, figs, red berries, delicate frangipane, chocolate ganache and a touch of coffee
Finish: Sweet and dry with long lingering oak tannins
- Bottle Size700
- StyleSingle Malt Whisky
- RegionNew World
- Country of OriginWales
- Cask StrengthNo
- Cask TypeBordeaux