Take a dive in Welsh cave whisky

WORLD whiskies can come from all corners of the globe, but those interested in stocking single malt from outside Scotland don’t have to look too far for an established name.

Penderyn in Wales has been producing whisky for nearly 20 years, launching a second distillery in 2021 and with a third due later this year. 

That third distillery will draw its water from the nearby Dan yr Ogof caves in the Brecon Beacons National Park – a massive underground cave network dating back thousands of years and which were rediscovered by explorers in 1912. 

Ahead of the launch of the new facility Penderyn has installed four of its casks in the caves, where they will be left to mature for the coming years. 

The Oloroso sherry, Madeira, sherry and tawny port casks will be nosed and tasted over time before being bottled at a future date. 

Penderyn reckons it’s the first time that whisky casks have been matured in a cave. 

Meanwhile, the company started 2023 on a high, securing a Gold Award from Visit Wales for its flagship Brecon Beacons Distillery. 

The accolade, for the distillery’s visitor experience, comes only months after the company’s Llandudno Distillery secured its own Gold Award.