Pendleton Whisky is a Canadian-style whisky with firm roots in the USA. It’s bottled by Hood River Distillers in Oregon, and its water is sourced from Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon.
Pendleton takes its name from a world-famous rodeo show that takes place in Oregon. (It’s still very much an event!) The rodeo first happened in 1910 and featured a strong Native American presence and traditions. Over 7,000 people showed up for the bull riding, races, and fairground games. Pendleton Whisky was created in 2003 to “celebrate the spirit of the American cowboy,” just as the famous Pendleton Round-up event does. Today, Pendleton is a major sponsor of the event and is the official spirit of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
This spirit is distilled and aged for 10 years in American Oak barrels (in Canada). It is then imported at full cask strength. It is bottled using glacier-fed spring water from Mt. Hood and then distributed by Hood River Distillers in Hood River, Oregon.
The whisky is entirely made from rye, but strangely, the label can’t say that it’s rye. This conundrum has to do with the fact that in Canada, they sometimes synonymously call rye “cereal grains.” And this doesn’t meet American standards for calling something rye. Still, Pendleton is 100 percent rye whisky, regardless of whether it can be labeled as such or not.
Pendleton Whisky is marketed as a very smooth sipping whiskey. For some real whiskey lovers, it is arguably sometimes too smooth, with little to catch your attention. Adding ice can completely overwhelm the spirit.
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