‘Wales has a surprisingly varied whisky tradition.’

WELSH WHISKY TIMELINE

4th century

Archaeology proves that there were small stills throughout Wales

1705

ContentEvan Williams’ family has a distillery in Dale, Pembrokeshire. They immigrated to the New World and Evan Williams was a founding father of the Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey Company

1889

Distillery opens in Frongoch, Bala, North Wales.

1903

Frongoch distillery closes down, and later becomes a concentration camp for firstly German POWs, and in 1916 for Irish Republican prisoners.

1915

Welsh-born British Prime Minister David Lloyd George brings in legislation which helps create a ‘premium‘ whisky business.

1st March 2004

Penderyn Single Malt Whisky launched by His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, on 1st March 2004

1st March 2005

Penderyn is launched in London

9th November 2005

Penderyn is released in the US in New York

1st October 2007

Launch of Merlyn, Brecon Five Vodka, Brecon Special Reserve Gin

June 2008

The Penderyn Distillery Visitor Centre opens to the public

March 2013

The new Penderyn stills arrive

Dec 2016

A record year for sales

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