After years with just one whisky distillery, Wales' second, Dà Mhìle Distillery near Llandysul, has announcing its first whisky today.
The new release now means Wales secures 'whisky industry' status, finally meeting the requirements to be accepted as having an industry. EU alcohol regulations state that a country must have at least two distilleries making and marketing whisky to be recognised – with Penderyn being the country's only distillery for the last 20 years.
Dà Mhìle Distillery – officially opened in September 2012 and funded to become the first micro distillery in Wales –is set to release its first batch of organic Welsh whisky.
Uniquely positioned as just one of a small number of fully organic distilleries in the UK, Dà Mhìle's organic whisky is also Wales' first ever single grain whisky that has been maturing in oak casks for four years. The colour is amber and the taste is said to be lightly peated with sweet vanilla notes.
'This very first limited edition is a whisky of the highest quality and bodes well for the future,' commented John Savage-Onstwedder, the distillery's founder. 'For the past four years we have been laying down more stocks and we look forward to 2019 when we will be launching our first single malt whisky. We're very proud to be part of this unique venture and helping to get Wales on the whisky map.'