Penderyn (whisky)

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Penderyn (whisky)
Exterior of the distillery, 2014
Exterior of the distillery, 2014
Region: Wales
LocationPenderyn, Rhondda Cynon Taf
Water sourceThe Brecon Beacons National Park
Capacity700,000 litres
Penderyn Madeira
TypeSingle Malt
Cask type(s)Bourbon, Madeira
Penderyn Sherrywood
TypeSingle Malt
Cask type(s)Bourbon, Sherrywood
Penderyn Peated
TypeSingle Malt
Cask type(s)Bourbon, Peated

Penderyn is a Welsh whisky distillery and brand, producing the first commercially available whisky made in Wales since the 19th century. Produced at the Penderyn Distillery (the Welsh Whisky Company), Penderyn is a single malt whisky produced in several expressions, e.g. Madeira Finish, Peated, Sherrywood and Portwood.

The distillery also produces the Dragon range comprising Legend (Madeira finish), Myth (Bourbon finish) and Celt (Peated).

Background and products[edit]

It is distilled in the village of Penderyn, Rhondda Cynon Taf, in the Cynon Valley, from which the brand takes its name.[1]

The company was launched in 2000 as the Welsh Whisky Company. Whisky had been distilled in Wales for hundreds of years, but stopped in 1894.[2] Penderyn became the first whisky to be manufactured in Wales for over a century when sales started in 2004. It remains the only whisky currently produced in Wales.

The Penderyn Distillery also produces non-Whisky products: Merlyn Cream Liqueur, Five Vodka and Brecon Gin.[3] Brecon Gin was awarded "Gold Best in Class" at the International Wines & Spirits Competition in 2011.[4]

Penderyn Distillery is situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park[5] and sells internationally to markets such as Taiwan, Australia, France and USA.[citation needed] The company opened up a visitors centre in June 2008, with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales leading the proceedings. The visitors centre now sees more than 35,000 visitors per annum.[6]


  1. ^ Chris Carlsson. "Welsh Whisky Single Malt – Penderyn". Spirits Review. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  2. ^ Amanda Kelly (8 May 2000). "Welsh will make a rare bit of whiskey". The Independent. Archived from the original on 25 November 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Penderyn Whisky". Official Penderyn website. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Penderyn Distillery - The finest quality spirits - produced at Penderyn Distillery".
  5. ^ Whiskies, Planet. "Whiskies - Welsh Whisky Distilleries in Wales, Penderyn Distillery, Brecon Beacons National Park". Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  6. ^ "UK Breaks & Family Holiday Destinations - Visit Wales". Retrieved 13 January 2019.

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Coordinates: 51°45′51″N 3°31′16″W / 51.76417°N 3.52111°W / 51.76417; -3.52111 (Penderyn Distillery)