We love to show off some of our favourite Welsh producers and this time we’re in the bar.
Brecon gin uses botanicals from the four corners of the world which are bought back home to Wales to distilled with water from the Brecon Beacons National Park at the Penderyn Distillery.
In the late 1990s, in a pub in a small post-industrial Welsh valley town, a group of friends drank and chatted about establishing the first whisky distillery in Wales in over a century. They dreamt of creating a whisky as pure and precious as Welsh gold.
The friends had a location in the historic village of Penderyn on the southern tip of the Brecon Beacons, chosen because of the site’s own supply of fresh natural spring water. They also had a unique copper single-pot still designed by Dr David Faraday, a relative of the great 19th-century scientist Michael Faraday. Penderyn Whisky was launched on St David’s Day 2004 in the presence of HRH Prince Charles.
Penderyn produce their own malted barley spirit which, when matured, is recognised worldwide as one of the finest single malt whiskies. The majority of their spirit goes into casks for ageing in our cellars and the remainder is used to craft other award-winning products (such as their gin).
Along with the spirit, the gin is flavoured with juniper berries (naturally), orange peel, cassia bark, liquorice root, cinnamon bark, angelica root, ground nutmeg, coriander seeds, lemon peel and orris root powder.
Taken neat, Brecon is a big, traditional juniper-laced gin with coriander and hints of spicy cinnamon and cassia. Add a mixer and the citrus freshness of oranges and lemons appear with nutmeg, liquorice and angelica in a supporting role.
The characteristic flavours go well with tonic, ice and lemon on a warm summer’s day, but Brecon’s traditional heritage is equally at home besides a roaring fire on a cold night and will bring back memories of long hot summers past.