Pendleton Whisky (they drop the E) is a 10-year old blended Canadian whiskey. It’s made with water from Mt. Hood in Oregon, and is bottled by Oregon’s Hood River Distillers, but since it’s distilled in Canada, Pendleton keeps its Canadian whiskey label.
On the nose, Pendleton Whisky is sweet, with notes of caramel and vanilla. The first sip is very sweet, with lots of brown sugar and molasses, almost reminiscent of an aged rum. A bit of rye spiciness and some smoke filters through to add more complexity to the spirit. It goes down smoothly without any harshness, and finishes with that same sweetness.
Add a bit of water or an ice cube, and the sweetness is tempered a bit, but the flavors become very muted and give way to more pronounced alcohol notes.
Overall, Pendleton’s not bad, but it’s not for me. That said, those with a sweet tooth might have found their new favorite dram, and I imagine Pendleton appealing to some drinkers who don’t traditionally enjoy whiskey.
– 40% Alcohol by Volume
Hood River Distillers also bottles and distributes Broker’s Gin.