Day 20 – The perfect Christmas tipple & quick history on Welsh whisky…

Day 20 of the Brecon Beacons Advent Calendar celebrates one of the most famous drinks produced in the Brecon Beacons with a prize… 

It’s the perfect adult present and will probably be the merriest gift a friend or family will receive!  So here’s a bit of history on Welsh whisky and an opportunity to win a prize….

cjwhisky027[1]Although Penderyn is currently the only distillery in Wales, it is believed that whisky distilling in the area actually dates as far back as the 4th century.  There is evidence that it was first distilled by monks on Bardsey Island in North Wales and was known as “Reaullt Hir”.  It is also thought that drinking whisky in Wales was popular in the middle ages.

In 1705 one of Wales’ first serious commercial distilleries opened up in Dale, Pembrokeshire by Evan Williams.  Evan Williams would eventually emigrate to Kentucky in the USA and have a big influence on the development of the new American Whiskey industry. Evan Williams’ influences can be linked the success of Jack Daniels and other well known American bourbons and whiskey makers.

1stPenderyn_Barrels[1]By the 18th century whisky in Wales had become a fairly common drink, however with the rise in stricter religion and the emergence of chapels having a bigger influence on communities, whisky started to become regarded as a problem drink and legal distillation ceased.

It wasn’t until the turn of the millennium that a group of Welsh men decided it was time to bring back quality whisky to Wales.  They chose the Brecon Beacons National Park to do this.  With fresh mineral water in abundance, surrounded by a clean and beautiful environment, Penderyn has grown to become one of most successful award winning whiskies in recent times.  Including a Gold prize in the Best World Whisky class at the International Whisky Competition in 2012.

So if you’d like to discover more about our great Welsh whisky from the Brecon Beacons than here’s a chance to win a tour for four of the distillery and discover more about Welsh Whisky.  All you have to do is enter in our competition by clicking on the following link…

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