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0/100
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Whiskybase ID
WB123443
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
1900s
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
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26 dec 2018 12:39 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 5877.65

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Whisky reviews for Royal Welsh Whisky Malt Only

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  1. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    The Welsh Whisky Distillery Company was founded in Frongoch, Bala, Gwynedd, in 1889 but closed in the early 20th Century.

    Produced by The Welsh Whisky Distillery Company more than one hundred years ago, it is one of only a handful of bottles known to exist from this lost distillery in Wales, there is one also displayed at Penderyn Distillery.There is another at Cardiff's St Fagans National History Museum. A real piece of history and a true collector's item.

    Lloyd Price, the owner of the Rhiwlas Estate and Robert Willis registered the Welsh Whisky Distillery Co in Frongoch, Bala, in 1889 and built the Frongoch Distillery.

    Frongoch was the perfect site for the distillery due to two crucial things – the pure, peaty water from the Tryweryn River, and the readily available transportation network via the nearby railway station and ports. The first Welsh distillery was a magnificent building in its heydays as it received fundings of £100,000 to build and run it. When it opened its doors in 1890, it was a beautiful place with a malthouse, kilns, peat store, offices and accommodation for its 30 workers. There was also a dedicated excise officer located on site. Sadly, the distillery did not survive. The company went bankrupt in 1910 and Frongoch Distillery became an empty shell. The premise remained uninhabited until the outbreak of World War One in 1914. During the war, the distillery and its grounds became a prisoner of war camp for captured Germans and Irish. In 1916, during the Easter Rising in Ireland, the English army detained some of the most prominent figures of the uprising at Frongoch. There were two camps on the premises, the North and South camps. The South Camp was in the old buildings of the distillery. The prisoners included Terence MacSweeney and Michael Collins. Frongoch Distillery in Wales remains a vital link in the history of Ireland even up to today. As a prison during the war, it held the best of Ireland’s revolutionaries for the freedom of Ireland.

    It was said that full production at Frongoch would reach 150,000 gallons per annum when the distillery opened. The first Welsh whisky went to customers in 1891. All of them went to North Wales and the border counties. The owners changed their policy after the first batch, choosing to increase the years of maturation. This was a time before rules and regulations came into the whisky industry; such a move from the owners showed their passion and dedication to the craft of whisky-making. Interestingly, the Welsh Whisky Company Co. received a royal warrant from the Queen on 26 July 1895. As a result, the prefix “Royal” could be used in front of the whisky. Hence, the Royal Welsh Whisky was born. Shortly after the receipt of the royal warrant, the market released the first Royal Welsh Whisky in the history of Wales.

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Further reading:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-38207683

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