The most popular whisky tasting and masterclasses
“Guests can take a journey through the history of single malt whisky making in Wales! Open all year-round, the award-winning Visitor Centre is one of South Wales’s top attractions. Penderyn also offers expert-led Master Classes, where small groups are guided through an unforgettable whisky experience. This includes a tour of the facilities, an interactive explanation of whisky production and, of course, an in- depth whisky tasting session. It has won a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, and also beat the BBC’s Dr Who Experience in Cardiff to one of Wales’ top tourism awards.”
Penderyn Single Malt Whisky was launched by His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, on 1st March 2004 at St. David’s Hall in Cardiff. Since then, Penderyn Single Malt Whisky has experienced considerable success.
The idea for Penderyn was conceived by a group of friends sitting around a pub table who decided to re-introduce the lost art of whisky distilling to Wales. They sought funding – and then some more funding – and bought the Penderyn distillery site (because it sits over a substantial source of pure, underground water), and a still that was developed by Dr David Faraday. Their dream was to create a world class single malt whisky. Penderyn was launched on St David’s Day, 2004, and demand was so high the whisky sold out almost immediately.
Penderyn is an innovative, privately owned boutique style distillery, employing around 45 dedicated craftsmen, staff and professionals and has 60 shareholders. Penderyn’s style and flavour is overseen by Dr Jim Swan, who is not only one the world’s finest master distillers, but is also a world authority on wood management.
Visiting Penderyn Distillery has become one of the most popular things to do in South Wales and is a genuine Welsh tourist attraction winning the Regional Tourism Award – Capital – in the National Tourism Awards for Wales in 2013.
The whisky is distilled in a specially-commissioned unique whisky still producing a flavourful spirit at 92% abv which is married with fresh spring water drawn from directly beneath the distillery. Their pure water source is replenished by rain water that flows through the soil and filters through to near-surface rocks within the Brecon Beacons National Park. The spirit is then matured in ex-bourbon barrels and finished in rare Madeira barriques to produce their house-style Madeira-finish whisky that, even at 46% ABV, is light and fresh in style.
The Penderyn Whisky Tasting Visitor Centre Embraces:
- A reception area
- An exhibition of the history of whisky making in Wales including the last genuine Welsh Whisky from Frongoch, near Bala, North Wales
- A chance to view the distillation process at Penderyn Distillery that was designed by Dr. David Faraday, a descendant of famous physicist Sir Michael Faraday
- An opportunity to understand the use of water and wood in making whisky
- A tasting room and a chance to sample Penderyn Single Malt Whisky, Brecon Five Vodka, Brecon Gin and Merlyn Cream Liqueur.
- A retail shop for Penderyn Spirits and merchandise.
Wiskey Tasting & Masterclasses in Wales United Kingdom
Penderyn also offers expert-led Master Classes, where small groups are guided through an unforgettable whisky experience which includes a tour of the facilities, an interactive explanation of whisky production and, of course, an in- depth tasting session.
Your Penderyn Masterclass and whisky tasting session ends with a gift, which is included in the price. Your guide then takes you to the exhibition area and whisky tasting room so that you can browse at your leisure and sample more of our single malt whiskies, vodkas, gins and cream liqueurs if you wish. All in all, an experience not to be missed!
Penderyn Distillery Masterclass Schedule. Please note classes are held by appointment at least twice a month.
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If there is one thing that I have learnt, it is the more I see, the more there is to see! My name is Tracy Burrows and I am the managing editor of Out There Global, a community driven travel platform for both cost effective and luxury travel ideas around the world. From Jan 2014 - Dec 2016 I managed the LatestSightings.com blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). I was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and contributor at Sawubona. Prior to my career I obtained a tourism marketing degree, and graduated from a 2 year 'Hospitality Management in Development Program' in California. Following this I acquired a journalism diploma and since it's been all about travel and writing! And my nourishment from all those who have impacted me: family; friends; and strangers alike. Thank you for joining our journey!