Review: Penderyn Madeira Finish

I don’t venture into world whiskies very often, but when I do, I usually have a good reason. Welsh distillery Penderyn has a Madeira finish release that is apparently very polarizing. People seem to either love it or hate it. Sounds like a great opportunity to toss my hat into the ring and figure out which side of the argument I’m on.

Penderyn Madeira Finish - 46% ABV
Category Notes
Appearance Straw
Nose Shortbread cookies, orange marmalade, American oak, sawdust, this kinda smells like gin hence the juniper I'm finding now. After several minutes, hard candy sweetness emerges.
Taste Quite juicy, lemons and limes, heavy on the lemongrass, fresh mint, did I just get a hint of cilantro?, botanicals abound.
Finish Floral, more botanicals, oranges, I swear this tastes exactly like a gin cocktail I make at home.
Overall Thoughts If not for the novelty factor, I think I would have scored this a lot lower. It tastes like something I already like! I'm not finding much in the way of age nor do I sense heavy oak influence but this is certainly unique. I don't think I'd want a full bottle of this as it would get old fast.
Total Score 87/100