Whisky Review ā€“ Penderyn Legend

Penderyn Legend
41% ABV
Non chill filtered
Ā£31.22 from MasterofMalt

Colour.

Light Amber. I would love to know if there is any colouring in this. There is no mention of the lack of colour on the box, so by default the worst is assumed, although this is very light, so if there is any colouring it would be at a minimum.

note confirmed no added colouring. Penderyn should be proud to add this to their packaging. šŸ™‚

Nose.

Quite harsh. Spirity. Apples, pears, lots of acetone. It’s clearly a young whisky and initially it feels this way. But with a little time, perseverance and oxygen, it changes. After a good 10-15 minutes in the glass, the harsher edges calm down. We have more of a citrus apple note alongside some vanilla sweetness. A little more time and the nose is now quite tangy, sour fruit in the front with some light icing sugar in the background and a touch of sweet coconut. Some herbal elements also. It’s good evolving and engaging stuff, while being very easily accessible.

Palate.

The non chill filtering really shows. It’s got some lovely oils which coat around the mouth nicely. Quite astringent, the sour fruits coming through backed up with some malty cereal and biscuit. Herbal throat sweets. There is some vanilla sponge cake in the background, with the sweetness making a short appearance in the development. Time in the mouth and there is more creaminess creeping in.

Finish.

Short to medium. Throat warming. A touch of fizziness, cream, light dry oak notes. Some desiccated coconut.

Adding water.

This can take a good few drops. The nose retains a lot of tarty fruit, but the sweetness of vanilla and Madeira is coming forward more, giving this a cakey style. The palate reflects this entirely, in fact more so, as the sponge cake is really evident, with some icing sugar, a touch of sweet coconut and even jamminess. This is Victoria sponge cake! The finish is sweeter and moreish.

Conclusion.

I really quite like this whisky (went back and bought some more – at time of writing this is Ā£23.99 in Morrisons (til November 2nd 2014 – get yer skates on!)), I think it’s a great one for newbies and experienced whisky types alike, it gives a variation of flavours for those wanting to expand experience and a good solid session dram for those who are a little more experienced.

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Whisky Review ā€“ Machrie Moor Cask Strength (Arran)

Machrie Moor Cask Strength (Arran)
58.4%ABV
Non Chill Filtered
No added colouring
Ā£49.95 available from MasterOfMalt

The latest release in the Machrie Moor series of peated malts from Arran. This time cask strength! Ooooh!

Nose.

A lush grass and mossy peat nose. Very crisp and fresh. Maritime, with salty sea air and a touch of tar. Spicy vanilla. Cinnamon. Cardamom. Quite earthy, countryside rich. Some pear drops. Touches of heather honey. A very slight rubber plimsole note. Some lemon citrus. Quite a developmental and complex nose. Changes with every sniff. Some lactic, almost cheesy elements now (in a good way). Now back to briney sea water. Interesting stuff.

Palate.

Sweet arrival, ABV kicks in a bit, as it subsides there is a mouth filling sweetness of thick honey. The peat delivers some grassy earthy flavour. Vanilla. Chilli warmth. Creamy thick custard. Very oily. Light saltiness.

Finish.

Creamy. Sweet peat. It is quite numbing from the ABV so think water will aid a bit. Drying oak, a little sawdust. And some earth. A touch of sea salt. Very creamy all the way through a medium-long finish.

Adding water.

A fair slug added. The nose is even more excited now with bigger peat smoke, more saltiness, and the spices the same, with some addition of fruit. Melon and soft fruits a plenty, some apple, lemon, tangerine . Smelling this blind I would swear Islay. The palate is more settled with the lower ABV. At last getting to the citrus fruits, some sweet shop sugars, heather, honey, melon, mango and various ripe fruits. The finish has some oak tannins and soft fruit going for quite a long while. Tails off with touches of cream butter sweets and more honey. The water makes this dram. It needs it and shines with it.

Conclusion.

An exciting whisky. Needs time, water and patience. Lots and lots of flavour locked into this cask strength. Dilution is a must and gives so much to the patient whisky drinker. Absolutely brilliant for blind taste tests. A great Xmas present for a whisky drinker who swears by Islay. They will be shocked and surprised, and love it!

Thank you to Arran for providing this review sample.

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