Only 256 bottles of the portwood-matured Swansea City Single Cask were produced, and because the bottles contain whisky from one specially selected barrel, their unique characteristics will remain distinctive and unmatched.
The whisky is bottled at cask strength (59.7% ABV) and is presented in a hand-made American Ash box. The cask was specially selected with the help of Swansea City Chairman Huw Jenkins on a visit to the distillery last year. The cask was signed by Mr Jenkins along with entertainer Max Boyce and Swans’ manager at the time Brendan Rodgers.
Stephen Davies, managing director of Penderyn, commented: “Being chosen as an award winner in the prestigious “Whisky Bible” is another huge achievement for Penderyn and is recognition of a new and innovative single malt that celebrates a wonderful Welsh sporting success. The expression is extremely limited and we’re down to our last few – I’d advise anyone who wants a bottle to get their order in quickly!”
Jim Murray, author of the Whisky Bible, commented: "It seems fitting that with Swansea City becoming synonymous with elegant football, the country's whisky should match it stride for stride. This was a worthy and memorable winner."
The Swansea City Single Cask Whisky Limited Edition is available at the Penderyn distillery
and from The Penderyn Store
Tasting notes from Jim Murray’s 2013 Whisky Bible:
“An almost mesmeric degree of spice, intertwining with an impressive tapestry of marmalade and blood orange; the delivery is about as rich as it comes, the mouth feel lush but light enough to “see” a degree of barley, albeit fleetingly, as the grape offers up not just a pithy dryness but, to ensure the required balance, a handsome degree of sugar and bewildering spice effect; not sure anyone does Port wood better than Penderyn, and the finish here confirms with marvellous prose on the palate its beguiling enormity. Those who enjoy spicy chocolate are in for a dram they’ll never forget here, though the intensity of the fruitcake is sublime, the cherries bursting its juices all over the palate.”
Tasting Notes from Penderyn
A rich aroma of dried fruits, sultanas, juicy raisins, even dried apricots laced with hints of toasty oak mingle with the merest glimpses of fresh raspberries and blackcurrants. Then the aroma of pouring honey enters the scene. In the mouth, all these are present presenting a rich and creamy whisky. Intense sweetness and some refreshing bitterness are present in the palate right from the beginning but long lasting. The medium finish captures all the best of these flavours in a most satisfying way.