Review: Pendleton 1910 Aged 12 Years Canadian Rye Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

12 yrs
100% Unmalted Rye
Distiller N/A (Canada)

This whisky is sourced by Hood River distillers, a company in Oregon who source this 100% rye whisky from Alberta. They bottle a few other items, of which one is Pendleton “Let er’ Buck” and another new release is Pendleton Midnight.

Review (2015)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: 120716715

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

Nose: Dark rye bread and spice, maple, orange peel, and quite dry in feel. With time, vanilla emerges in greater magnitude. The nose has a lightly creamy feel, with butterscotch notes as well. The spice is quite woody, and complex – clove, nutmeg, dried ginger, and anise.

Taste: Maple, along with some rum notes and the same flurry of spices as before – clove, though, are at the forefront. Lightly, and ,perhaps oddly, sweet. At first glance, it might seem a bit plain – but there is a lot of complex subtlety- vanilla, earthy oak, citrus, cacao – with a continued dry feel to it.

Finish: Orange, brown sugar, and oak with a unexpected creaminess which seems to evolve and build which, combined with the orange, reminds me of creamsicles which is interesting when contrasted with the dry spice feel also present in the finish, and the finish lingers well with good feel and flavour.

Rich, dry, and spicy. The creaminess along with the dry spice takes this whisky to another level, from mediocre to quite good and intriguing. As I’ve had more of this, it has grown on me – but I had to take time with it, a brief rendering may not supply the whole picture. Also no stray bitterness, for good effect. This is a different showing of Alberta rye – creamy and subtle – compared to whiskies sourced by companies like Masterson’s and Whistlepig. Better than their other offering that I have tried, and well worth the price, I think. A very nice example of a dry and spicy Canadian style of whisky.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High. Quite decent for sub-50$! A 12 year old 100% rye, no-less. Light, but complex.