Earlier this year (2013) we tasted a trio of Penderyn with Sherrywood, Madeira and Peated. The Peated here I did not like at all, just peat/smoke, and a bit flat almost.
The Sherrywood and Madeira I liked a lot from Penderyn, and at the festival in Leiden I tasted the Portwood and the 41 - Madeira also, and must say, I was not disappointed. Very nice! Something you could have in the standard collection at home.
I promissed my self to make proper tasting notes when I had the possibility. We had a very nice dinner lately with some friends where we tried to combine whisky and a course. The Portwood was an excellent combination for the cheese platter we had. The dinner was a huge succes and it was very nice to explore the possibilities in the combination of whisky and food.
Sweet, raisin, wood, dark fruits, warm, vanilla, dark sugar, warm dense fruit cake
Warm, light dry wood, sweet, raisins, vanilla, cane sugar, chocolate, honey, dried fruits like plumbs and apricots
Sweet, warm, medium length. Filled with warm honey and chocolate.
7,5 out of 10
Tasting scores explained a bit. It all depends on the moment, ambiance etc, but to have a guideline for my own preferences. This differs for each person... See my wish list in the menu above to see what I prefer the most at the moment.
<5 Maybe need to taste again, but would not end up in the collection, depends of the matter of between 1 and 5 how fast I will try it again.
5-6 It's a maybe, but not very enthusiastic about it. Can drink it, but if I have a choice I will choose something different. Don't have to wake me up for these.
6-7 I like, but they just miss something on the taste, finish, depth of flavours ect to make this something wow! Love to have a dram sometimes of that but buy a whole bottle? Mhmm... not sure...
7-8 Well, you can start waking me up for these, more depth, these I would love to add to my collection
8-9 With these I would love to sit for a while and just enjoy, and slowly, very slowly enjoy these. These I would absolutely love in my collection, but sadly not always in my price range.
9-10 Well, what can I say, just wow...... No words to describe it. Wake me up now!!