It might surprise you to learn that Wales has actually had a long history of whisky production. It is said that in the 4th century AD, a man named Reaullt Hir distilled a mix of barley, yeast and honey on Bardsey Island, unknowingly creating a forerunner to today's Welsh single malt. It wasn't until 1998 that the country had its first distillery proper, when the Welsh Whisky Company founded Penderyn which produced spirit two years later. The first single malt was officially launched on St David's Day 2004. The core expression is matured in both Jack Daniel's and Evan Williams barrels before a finish in Madeira wine casks and it is very well rated by the critics. An expansion to the distillery began in 2014, with two pot stills, a copper pot still and mashing facilities commissioned.