Hood River Spirits, primarily based in Oregon, has been slowly transferring 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it dropped its oldest expression ever, a blended whisky carrying the identify of Administrators’ Reserve and a 20 yr outdated age assertion.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 well worth the $150 asking value.
On the nostril, there’s no enormous surprises. Pendleton is understood for being candy, and the notes of maple syrup and butterscotch listed below are sizable. Large vanilla, large caramel, cotton sweet — it is 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. In actual fact, it comes throughout as even sweeter, with notes of vanilla syrup, strawberry soda, and many extra maple to muddle your self in. The end retains the pedal down on sweetness, coming throughout as barely cloying at occasions, though it’s mercifully countered to some extent by toasty oak right here, although not almost 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 possible approve of the message the administrators are promoting. And that message is sugar.
B / $150 / pendletonwhisky.com
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