Top European whisky revealed as coming from Wales

The European Whisky of the Year has been named by an influential guide – and the shock news is, it’s from Wales.

Penderyn, a UK single malt whisky brand based in the Brecon Beacons, is celebrating a remarkable 2019 with another accolade which has just been announced.

A Madeira Single Cask Edition, which was created for the German market, has just been named the ‘European Whisky of the Year’ with a rating of 96.5/100 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.

This is the third such accolade in this category following the Swansea City Premier League Edition in 2013, and the Bryn Terfel Icons Of Wales Edition in 2018.

Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, an annual tome of reviews and tips from independent whisky expert Jim Murray, who tastes 1,250 new whiskies each year, celebrates the best of the whisky world – and in the 2020 edition, published this week, Penderyn’s Madeira Cask has been picked as Europe’s best whisky, which is one of the top awards.

Penderyn’s CEO Stephen Davies said: ‘Jim Murray is the main name you associate with expert whisky analysis. To hear that this bottling has been named European Whisky of the Year is wonderful news. To be one of only six highlighted bottles from over 5,000 whiskies is very pleasing.’

The accolade comes after Penderyn’s Gold Medal successes at the International Wine and Spirit Awards, San Francisco Spirits Competition and Whiskies of the World Awards earlier this year.

Penderyn has continued to entice whisky drinkers in over 40 countries across the globe, and its all-women distilling team has received immense praise for its dedication to form, flavour and consistency.

With 2019 having been a very successful year for the brand, the future is also looking good for Davies and the team: ‘This year’s success is only the beginning. We have all travelled a long road to get here, and are developing several exciting new ideas which we are certain our customers are going to enjoy.’

Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible is a trusted source of notes on international whisky tasting. Penderyn’s accolade as Europe’s best cements them as a leading name in Single Malt Whiskies across Europe and beyond.

The winner of Jim Murray’s award for 2019 World Whisky of the Year is William Larue Weller 128.2 Proof – Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2017, while the title of Second Finest Whisky in the World went to Glen Grant 18 Years Old. Click HERE to find out more about the Whisky Bible.

The Scottish winners were:

Scotch Whisky of the Year – Glen Grant Aged 18 Year Old; Single Malt of the Year (Multiple Casks): Glen Grant Aged 18 Year Old; Single Malt of the Year (Single Cask): The Last Drop Glenrothes 1969 Cask 16207; Scotch Blend of the Year: Ballantine’s 17 Year Old; Scotch Grain of the Year: Berry Bros & Rudd Cambus 26 Years Old; Scotch Vatted Malt of the Year: Collectivum XXVIII.

Single malt Scotch – No Age Statement: Laphroaig Lore; 10 Years & Under (Multiple Casks): Laphroaig 10 Year Old; 10 Years & Under (Single Cask): Berry Bros & Rudd Ardmore 9 Year Old; 11-15 Years (Multiple Casks): Lagavulin 12 Year Old 17th Release Special Releases 2017; 11-15 Years (Single Cask): Cadenhead’s Rum Cask Mortlach 14 Year Old; 16-21 Years (Multiple Casks): Glen Grant Aged 18 Year Old; 16-21 Years (Single Cask): Bowmore 19 Year Old The Feis Ile Collection; 22-27 Years (Multiple Casks): Talisker 25 Year Old Bot.2017; 22-27 Years (Single Cask): Scotch Malt Whisky Society Glen Grant Cask 9.128 24 Year Old; 28-34 Years (Multiple Casks): Convalmore 32 Year Old; 28-34 Years (Single Cask): Gleann Mor Port Ellen Aged 33 Year Old; 35-40 Years (Multiple Casks): Benromach 39 Year Old 1977 Vintage; 35-40 Years (Single Cask): Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1979; 41 Years & Over (Multiple Casks): Tomatin Warehouse 6 Collection 1972; 41 Years & Over (Single Cask): The Last Drop Glenrothes 1969 Cask 16207;

Blended Scotch – No Age Statement (Standard): Ballantine’s Finest; 5-12 Years: Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year Old; 13-18 Years Ballantine’s 17 Year Old: 19 – 25 Years: Royal Salute 21 Year Old; 26 – 50 Years: Royal Salute 32 Year Old Union of the Crowns.