Penderyn Icons of Wales series 5/50 : Bryn Terfel

Penderyn Icons of Wales series 5/50 : Bryn TerfelPenderyn Bryn Terfel – Bourbon Matured

This whisky celebrates Welsh opera singer Bryn Terfel and his favourite roll. The whisky is well-rounded, spicy and sumptuous and has a theatrical element to the design which all reflect the wonderful character of Falstaff.

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.

Penderyn is known for maturing our unique spirit in American Oak ex-bourbon barrels and a selection of other premium casks to produce our award-winning whiskies, including our house style Madeira finish as well as peated, portwood and sherrywood expressions. This Icons bottling is a first for us, as this whisky has been fully matured in ex-bourbon barrels only. Think of it as Penderyn in its purist form yet … no make-up, no costume, just primed and ready to perform.

The nose is smooth and creamy. There are notes of honey, vanilla ice-cream and a hint of banana chips. On the palate the experience is well rounded and rich, and full of fruits, sweet apples, vanilla and a tone conjuring up a nostalgic memory for a banana split. The finish contains honey which is followed by another evocative tone – cream soda – along with the late arrival of a lingering woody spice.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Smooth and creamy. There are notes of honey, vanilla ice-cream and a hint of banana chips.

Palate: The experience is well rounded and rich, and full of fruits, sweet apples, vanilla and a tone conjuring up a nostalgic memory for a banana split.

Finish: Contains honey which is followed by another evocative tone – cream soda – along with the late arrival of a lingering woody spice.

Bryn Terfel

Bryn Terfel CBE was born in Pant Glas, North Wales, in 1965. He sang traditional Welsh songs from an early age, regularly competing on the Eisteddfod platform before going on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, graduating in 1989. Ten years later, inspired by Sir Geraint Evans’ anecdotes about his own experiences playing Falstaff, Bryn first took on the role at the Sydney Opera House.

Bryn Terfel’s Falstaff has come to be regarded as one of the great opera characterisations of modern times, with critics commending his sheer power, charm, humour, nobility, exceptional command of tone and language and his intoxicating exuberance.

“I am always delighted to be asked to perform Falstaff. It is a complex and multi-layered role that requires tremendous commitment. The acting and singing is a wonderful challenge for any bass-baritone and the make-up, heavy costumes, wigs, beards and false bellies all help create the impressive ‘Falstaffian’ appearance. However, once the preparation is done and you stand on stage and bear the first chords, a smile spreads across your face which lasts the whole performance.” Bryn Terfel

Bryn Terfel – ‘ A Falstaff for our age’

Falstaff was the last opera written by Giuseppe Verdi, from a libretto by Arrigo Boito, and was premiered in 1893 at La Scala in Milan. A light comedy, based on the eponymous character who first appeared in three of Shakespeare’s plays, it is believed by many to be Verdi’s greatest opera.

The plot revolves around the tubby, egotistical, drunken yet charming knight, Sir John Falstaff, as he attempts to seduce two married women in order to gain access to their husbands’ wealth.

The image on the front of the special edition box is reproduced with the kind permission of Sheila Rock (photography) and Frank Philipp Schloessmann (costume design).

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

* Info taken from bottle

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