What better way is there to kick off the launch of a distillery then to have His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, attend the opening?
Penderyn Distillery. Spending more than an hour at Wales’ only distillery, the prince met with staff and special guests during a tour of the distillery. Guided by managing director Stephen Davies, Charles toured the exhibition room and the pectacular viewing room, featuring the still and bottling area. Distiller Gillian Howell took Charles to see the still where the award-winning Penderyn whisky is produced.
Prince Charles tasted a special bottle of single cask whisky with Dr Jim Swan and whisky author Jim Murray. He said: “Delicious, you don’t get many like that.” Nigel Short, Penderyn’s chairman, formally welcomed Charles and guests and explained the company’s goal to make the best whisky in the world. Prince Charles commented, “It is a matter of great pride to come and open this Welsh distillery and I think it is a wonderful example of real determination and imagination to be able to launch this marvelous new Welsh product.” “It is a wonderful example of what Wales can do with some of the best water and also achieve some of the largest percentage of alcohol!” Prince Charles was presented with a special edition single cask whisky, one of only three produced.
On departure, Prince Charles met the children of the Penderyn Primary School. The visit was a highlight for the staff and guests of Penderyn, as well as the entire village.