PENDLETON “1910” 12 YEAR OLD CANADIAN RYE WHISKEY
40% ABV, 750 ml
The Whiskey Wash Review: “The brand’s name comes from the Pendleton Round-up, a major rodeo in Pendleton Oregon and “one of the top 10 rodeos in the world.” In fact, the Pendleton brand sponsors the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and is the official whisky of the Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour. The first Pendleton Round-Up held was held in 1910 and gives the bottle its name.
Pendleton 1910 differentiates itself from the normal Pendleton whisky in that it’s aged for much longer. While regulation dictates Canadian whisky must be aged for at least three years, Pendleton 1910 is aged in oak casks for 12 years. It’s also made from a 100% rye mash bill.
Vital Stats: 12 years old, 80 proof, 100% rye
Appearance: The color is that of a well-worn saddle – a medium brick hue reminiscent of maple syrup.
Nose: The nose opens with notes of pipe tobacco before revealing the aromas of leather, cardamom spice, and fruit.
Palate: The flavor is smooth and clear with a tidy balance of herbal flavors. The fruit taste becomes more pronounced as traces of stone fruit sweetness (cherry and plum) and ambrosia reveal themselves.
Final Thoughts & Score
This whiskey has earned a permanent spot on my shelf. Of the Canadian whiskies I’ve had the chance to try, The Pendleton 1910 is simultaneously accessible and smooth while balancing more complex and unique flavors than other available Canadian whiskies. This is an uncomplicated whisky of high quality and a thoroughly enjoyable drinking experience and at about $40 a bottle is a great value for its unique flavor.