Penderyn Icons of Wales #9 -The Headliner


The 9th in Penderyn’s Icons of Wales Edition whiskies is called The Headliner. The only Welsh Prime Minister, David Lloyd George (1863-1945), was a social reformer and accidentally established the premium whisky industry. He became a symbol of the national reawakening of Wales, and created more headlines than any other 20th century statesman.

This 70cl bottle has an abv of 46%, and is matured in Jamaican Rum & Ruby Port Casks.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Red berries, strawberries and cream; a hint of cranberries, light oak and vanilla. Nutmeg and cinnamon spice.

Palate: Rich sweet flavours of dried fruits, salted caramel, floral honey and a spicy kick of black pepper with a tannin dryness.

Finish: Sweetness, fading into a dry yet fruity finish.

More Info

During the first World War, David Lloyd George, MP for Caernarfon Boroughs and Chancellor of the Exchequer, realised that heavy drinking was doing more damage to the population than all the enemy submarines put together. His Immature Spirits Act of 1915 attempted to raise taxation, and created ‘opening hours’, in an attempt to limit the amount of drinking open to workers.

Reputable whisky producers were already maturing their whisky in oak barrels, but some rogue distillers were selling immature spirit straight from the still. Whilst this legislation would have placed financial burdens on distilleries, the ‘3 years and one day’ rule – meaning that whisky had to be in a cask for this period – helped create a premium product. As the reputation of new, mature whiskies gradually spread, the industry revived.

Today whisky exports generate billions for the UK economy. Penderyn Distillery is now in over 50 countries, and we are proud to be part of the premium whisky industry which David Lloyd George accidentally created.

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