Penderyn Icons of Wales series 4/50 : That Try

Penderyn Icons of Wales series 4/50 : That TryThat Try

There are times when rugby transcends the mere fundamentals of the game – passing, kicking, running, tackling – and instinct, innovation and genius take over to inspire the heart and elevate the soul as only great art truly can.

On the 27th January 1973, in a packed Cardiff Arms Park, when the All Blacks’ wing Byran Williams kicked a high ball into the Barbarians twenty-two, little did he think that less than thirty astonishing seconds later the Baa-Baas would score the greatest try ever seen.

The ball bounced, sending Phil Bennett scuttling towards his own line. Bennett surprised the onrushing cavalry by sidestepping to his left, and again, and again. Four times the enemy grasped at thin air and one marauder was left face down on the turf. His dancing done, Bennett passed to JPR Williams who nearly lost his head to an All Black assassin in passing to the talismanic hooker, John Pullin. Pullin, looking for a smaller quicker man paused to avoid the retreating Gareth Edwards before finding John Dawes, who threw the deftest of dummies to find crucial space in a paced cauldron.

Pontypridd legend Tom David found the ball in his hands and took a brilliant inside line as he crossed halfway, drawing four New Zealanders away from the wing. As he was felled he threw a magnificent one-handed pass, which was taken off his laces by Derek Quinnell. Quinnell lobbed the ball towards winger John Bevan, but Gareth Edwards had other ideas. Appearing like a bullet train he intercepted the pass, and in a rapidly erupting stadium hurtled the final thirty-five yards before diving over in the corner to score what has gone down in folklore as ‘That Try’.

As he jogged modestly back he can hardly have realised that history had just been written, a legend just been born.

This memorable moment in sporting history is recounted with the full approval, and by kind permission, of the Barbarian Football Club, whose famous colours and distinctive badge have been the hallmark of fair play and open rugby for the past 125 years. They have committed all royalty fees relating to this product to a charity of their choice.

Penderyn is the rural village that hosts our Distillery and gives its name to Wales’ only Single Malt Whisky. Like ‘Welsh Gold’ (‘Aur Cymru’), this golden whisky is as rare and precious as the Celtic jewellery worn by the old Welsh Princes and by Royalty.

This privately owned distillery in the Brecon Beacons National Park revives a whisky distilling heritage in Wales that goes back centuries; indeed early Welsh distillers were the founding fathers of the American Bourbon industry.

Our unique copper stills are charged daily With a specially fermented malted barley wash to produce a limited quantity of pure Single malt spirit. This is married with spring water (drawn directly from our own source) before being laid down to mature in selected first quality oak casks.

This peated whisky stems from the maturation of the light and fruity Penderyn spirit in the finest Kentucky ex-bourbon barrels first and then in richly peated Islay quarter casks.

Mild aromas of peat smoke, early morning at a rocky seaside and warm marmalade on-toast all complete for our attention. A very fresh and clean whisky, beautifully distilled gives pleasure from the very first sip. In the mouth it begins with great sweetness before the smoky, slightly medicinal flavours descend. Slight bitterness follows that leaves a long lingering fresh taste in the mouth.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.penderyn-distillery.co.uk

* Info taken from bottle

 

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