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Covid-19 cancels (All Female) distillery's 20th Birthday Bash

Penderyn Will Try To Celebrate ‘Coming Of Age’ 21st Party To Launch New North Wales Distillery In March/April 2021

The Welsh Whisky Company, producers of multi-award winning Penderyn Single Malt Whisky, has kicked into touch it’s 20th birthday celebration scheduled for the 14th September 2020, which was to have involved all the ‘Great and the Good’ of Wales.

The cancellation is due to the ongoing uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 and social distancing. “It is with a very heavy heart that we have called off our twentieth birthday celebration, but it’s only a postponement," says Penderyn Distillery CEO Stephen Davies.

After The Company Welsh Whisky first distilled in 2000, four years later, The Prince of Wales opened the Welsh Whisky Company for business in 2004.

For twenty years, the Welsh Whisky Company’s all-female distilling team have brought the brand to the world with distribution now to over 40 countries.

Penderyn, much loved in Wales, are big supporters of The Welsh Rugby Team. Penderyn dedicated the 5th bottle in their Icons of Wales series to Welsh Opera singer Bryn Terfel, with a bourbon cask whisky at 41% abv, the first time they have ever commemorated on a ‘living legend’. 

“Social-distancing is making gatherings of any size rather awkward and perilous this side of Christmas,” says Stephen Davies, CEO of Penderyn Distillery.

Instead, all efforts are being poured into making their 21st birthday celebration coincide with the launch of Penderyn’s new North Wales distillery.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Penderyn has had to swap whisky distilling for making Penderyn hand sanitiser. 

The new £5 million Llandudno distillery and visitor centre has just received planning permission to convert the Old Board School dating back to 1882 on Lloyd Street, Llandudno. The Welsh Government just offered £1.4 million cash to aid the expansion and it received the stamp of approval from Lord Elis-Thomas, Welsh Government’s deputy minister for culture, sport and tourism.

Ironically, this was backdropped by the distillery achieving it’s biggest ever gold medal haul at the San Francisco Spirits Competition 2020.

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