Penderyn Distillery

Features

  • Tours Tours
  • Shop Shop
  • Wheelchair Access Wheelchair Access
  • Public Transport within 5 miles Public Transport within 5 miles
  • Eco Initiatives Eco Initiatives

Tour details

Individuals

Visitors gather in the exhibition area with its displays on regional history, the all-important local geology and whisky making in Wales. There's a short video on the story behind the distillery, before your guide joins you to take you through to the still room viewing area. There you'll be talked through the distillation process, which may well be happening while you are there. Then it's into the barrel area, where you can also find out about the other drinks being produced, for example, smelling the botanicals that go into Brecon Gin. Finally to the tasting bar to sample a few Penderyn drinks.

Tours run at regular intervals, although times may differ. Booking is advisable, although not essential.
No min age, but under-18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Evening Tours

For groups of 10-25 by arrangement, these were introduced in late 2010, & follow the same format as the daytime tours.

Corporate Tours

For groups of 10-25 by arrangement, these tours head onto the distillery floor and take somewhat longer than the standard tour. Visitors are able to taste four Penderyn products and receive a mini pack of malts as a parting gift.

Wheelchair access

Visitor centre

Shop

Penderyn drinks, other local products & drinks

Public transport

Train: Aberdare, 6 miles
Bus: no 9, stops outside distillery

Course details

Masterclasses

2.5 hour in-depth insight into whisky making takes place generally every other Saturdays. Places limited to 12.

Check Event notice for details. Booking is essential.

Opening times

Vistor Centre

All year

Mon-Sun: 9.30am-5pm

Bank holidays

open

Closed

Christmas - check web for dates

Prices

Adults: £6,
Students, 18+ w ID card: £4
Senior citizens: £4
Children under 18: free, must be accompanied by adult

The fee for adults includes tasting of 2 Penderyn products.

Evening tours: £8

Corporate tours: £20, inc gift

Masterclass: £45, inc gift

Get in Touch

Tel: 01685 810651
Email: annd@welsh-whisky.co.uk
www.penderyn-distillery.co.uk

Twitter: PenderynWhisky
Facebook: Penderyn – Welsh Whisky

Penderyn Distillery
Pontpren Penderyn
Rhondda Cynon Taff
Merthyr Tydfil
CF44 0SX
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Within a few years of opening in mid-2008, Penderyn's purpose-built Visitor Centre has become one of the most popular attractions in Wales. Nestled in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, in the UNESCO-recognised Florest Fawr National Park, Penderyn's founders spent £850K on a visitor centre to share what goes in to Wales' only whisky, and in the last year has seen 25,000 visitors through its doors.

As well as the standard tours, there is a Masterclass led by either affable visitor centre manager, Keith Tench – he's been there from the start – or sometimes the Penderyn head distiller herself, Gillian Macdonald. Either way, you'll find out how this band of friends have carved out their own unique distilling path, in this very 21st century distillery – and Wales' first in over a century.

So why visit? spokeswoman Ann Davies says:

"The only distillery in Wales, Penderyn can take you on a journey through the history of whisky making in Wales, enabling you to understand the distilling and bottling process at first hand."

Silverware

  • Micro Distillery Whisky of the Year 2008Malt Advocate
  • David Archer Architects Ltd – Architect of the Year 2008, interiors category, won with specific reference to the Penderyn Visitor Centre project

Eco-friendly initiatives

  • Recycling – the majority of shipping cases use recycled material. Card & glass waste is recycled, as is the majority of plastic waste 
  • The "Spent Wash" is re-used by spreading onto the soil for its nutritional benefits
  • Barrels – these are used several times. New casks are bought from a sustainable source.
  • The Faraday still is more energy efficient than the more traditional methods of distillation

Community

Penderyn supports Princes Trust Wales & Save the Children

Trade bodies

Portman Group, Drink Aware , Bonded Warehousekeepers Association, Gin & Vodka Association, Brecon Beacons Tourism, The Valleys Tourism

Fuller review to come following visit