Maker: Hood River Distillers, Pendleton, Oregon, USA
Distiller: Undisclosed Canadian distillery.
Michigan state minimum: $23
Appearance: light copper.
Nose: Alcohol, hot nagahyde, artificial lemon extract.
Palate: Medium bodied and sweet. Caramel, plum, burn.
Finish: Very sweet. Purple stuff.
Parting words: Growing up in Central Indiana, Pendleton meant the massive state prision in Pendleton, Indiana. In Oregon, Pendleton apparently means a massive rodeo. So how better to honor one of America’s largest sporting events than with…[checks notes]…a sourced Canadian blend?
Anyway, Hood River Distillers are best known for owning Clear Creek and McCarthy’s single malt, which I dumped out in a previous review. Bafflingly, Pendleton has a couple of line extensions as well, 1910 and Midnight, if you’re interested.
I’ve had worse Canadian whiskies, but they were all under $10 a bottle. Nothing irks this reviewer more than overpriced booze. I’d rather drink a gallon of awful but cheap whisky than one shot of overpriced whisky. To me, it’s the unforgivable sin.
Pendleton Blended Canadian Whisky is not recommended.