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Hood River Spirits, primarily based in Oregon, has been slowly shifting upmarket with its Pendleton Canadian Whisky model, which we’ve lined at size. Just lately it dropped its oldest expression ever, a blended whisky carrying the title of Administrators’ Reserve and a 20 yr previous age assertion. (The administrators in query are the heads of Oregon’s annual Pendleton Spherical-Up rodeo.)
Bottled with a rodeo-inspired stopper, velcro-affixed leather-based neck strap, and a weighty decanter, let’s discover out if that is definitely worth the $150 asking value.
On the nostril, there’s no big surprises. Pendleton is thought for being candy, and the notes of maple syrup and butterscotch listed here are sizable. Large vanilla, huge caramel, cotton sweet — this can be a sugar bomb, although it’s tempered by a layer of oak, courtesy of a fifth of a century spent in cask. The palate doesn’t diverge. Actually, it comes throughout as even sweeter, with notes of vanilla syrup, strawberry soda, and lots extra maple to muddle your self in. The end retains the pedal down on sweetness, coming throughout as barely cloying at instances, though it’s mercifully countered to some extent by toasty oak right here, although not practically to the diploma you’ll discover current on the nostril.
Do I find it irresistible? No. However I do know Pendleton die-hards — and any fan of very candy whisky — will seemingly approve of the message the administrators are promoting. And that message is sugar.
B / $150 / pendletonwhisky.com