• Anthony Oldfield

Bottles of historic North Wales whisky to go on sale for £45, or £2,500 for a full cask!

The first continuous run of whisky distilled in North Wales for more than a century will go on sale this month.

An initial batch of 2,000 bottles of Aber Falls Inaugural Whisky hits the shelves on Monday, May 17.

On the same day the distillery, in Abergwyngregyn, Gwynedd, is opening its new visitor centre, shop and bistro.

As well as being a base for site tours, it will have a “Gin Lab”, enabling visitors to design their own bespoke spirits.

The double launch comes as the five whisky distilleries in Wales hatch a bid for Geographical Indication status for Welsh whisky.

If secured, this will enable the sector to ringfence the quality and reputation of Welsh whisky as a prelude to taking on the mighty Scottish and Irish distilleries.

'My cows' food smells slightly malty'

One beneficiary of the operation is milk producer Eddie Jones, whose Pentre Aber farm is located 400 yards from the distillery.

Every other day he takes a trailer to the plant and fills it with 4-5 tonnes of distillers grains – what’s left after the twice-daily mash.

This goes to feed his 150 mostly black-and-white dairy cows, cutting the costs of imported feed from Europe. In return he hosts Aber Falls advertising hoardings on his farm, which borders the A55.

He said it’s good stuff. “It’s high in protein and low in fat,” he said.

“It helps me to produce high quality milk – you put protein in, you get protein out!

The grains have a slightly malty smell but it's not that noticeable."

Now you can say you have 'herd' of North Wales whisky!!

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