PENDERYN DISTILLERY, ICONS OF WALES NO. 7, 'RHIANNON' LIMITED EDITION, SINGLE MALT WHISKY
Folks, one of the most highly-anticipated releases of the winter has arrived:
The award-winning Penderyn Distillery just dropped the seventh whiskey in its ‘Icons of Wales’ series, which celebrates a person, milestone, or event from Welsh history.
What makes this release doubly special is that this limited-edition whisky is the first of the series to come to the U.S. market, and allocations are scarce.
Given the limited run of production, we consider ourselves fortunate to have secured a parcel — not just because every limited edition of theirs has sold out, but also because we're huge Penderyn fans.
Nor are we alone in our enthusiasm. Penderyn has taken home 48 awards since 2018, including European Whisky of the Year at Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible in 2020 and a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Awards that same year. Last year it won a Gold Medal at the 2021 Spirits Business World Whisky Masters Awards.
The latter award was for the very bottling we bring you today.
Rhiannon, the legend, has long had a sentimental place in our hearts — yours, too, I’d be willing to bet.
Cue Lindsey Buckingham’s throbbing bass line from the mega-hit of the same name from Fleetwood Mac. Cue Stevie Nicks’s inimitable murmur about a supernatural goddess who "rules her life like a bird in flight."
This eponymous whisky from Penderyn Distillery is distilled using a single copper-pot, vatted in Oloroso sherry casks matured with Bordeaux Grand Cru matured single malt whiskies, and bottled at 46% ABV.
The nose is all sweetness and spice, and you'll have yourself a good old time picking out hints of vanilla, oak tannins, red berries, black currants, hazelnuts, pears, sultanas, and sweet marzipan. On the palate, you'll find a whisky as complex as it is smooth. In our tastings we luxuriated in the mix of creamy caramel, figs, red berries, delicate frangipane, chocolate ganache and a touch of coffee. The influence of sherry casks and Bordeaux Grand Cru barrels is unmistakable on the finish, with its pronounced and lingering oak tannins.
Like the song, it's insinuatingly smooth, effortlessly sophisticated, and hard not to love — enveloping you in a mood and a world, and taking you away from the weight of this one for a good, long time.
But like that mythical “bird in flight,” it won't be around for very long, so act now.
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with items estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Spring 2022. With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in MI, NC, NY, TN, VA, and limited stores in GA. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.