Following Jon’s recent trip to Penderyn Whisky Distillery in the Brecon Beacons in Wales, which you can read about here, we were extremely grateful to receive a generous sample of the first of their new releases in the ‘Icons of Wales’ series. The series is to include 50 special bottlings celebrating the people, events and milestones in the history of Wales.
The first, ‘Red Flag’, commemorates the first time a red flag was raised in social protest. The Merthyr Uprising in 1831, during which the flag was held aloft, was sparked by unemployment and poverty and led to the unjust execution of a local miner, ‘Dic Penderyn’ (Richard Lewis). This emotive moment is captured beautfully in the artwork by illustrator Andrew Davidson featured on the bottle.
So, we invited some friends over for our usual Friday night get together and amid the fun and laughter, we helped ourselves to our own generous measures of the Red Flag.
The first thing we noticed was the nose; sweet, vivacious and carrying lots of vanilla scents. This whisky has been finished in Madeira casks and draws a lovely sweetness from this influence. A well balanced nose with fresh green apple, fruity raisin and some tangy lemon bitterness. Given time in the glass, there is also some milk chocolate scents, and Starbucks’ Gingerbread latte too! Delicious!
The palate is fresh, light and creamy, with sweet vanilla like a sumptious baked cheesecake. There’s a tangy edge to the palate too, and a little brine. The finish is gentle and retains a subtle heat with lingering vanilla softness.
We love to get friends together in the LivingRoom and introduce them to something new. This sweet and fresh dram from Penderyn was enjoyed by all, and during our evening made a classy dessert whisky.
There’s no age statement on the Penderyn Red Flag, and it is bottled at 41% ABV. The Red Flag is available at around £39 direct from the Distillery, and from their online store here.