Pendleton "Director's Reserve" 20 Year Old Canadian Whiskey


40% ABV, 750 ml, Vintage 2020

The Whiskey Wash Review: "Appearance: A deep, orangey amber. The bottle itself is absolutely beautiful – encased in a black sueded presentation box and wrapped in a leather sheath made by a third-generation saddle maker.

Nose: Maybe it’s the power of suggestion, but I get notes of saddle leather, powdery dust, sweat, inexpensive cigarillo, even a bit of warm hay – exactly the cocktail of aromas I’d expect at a rodeo.

Palate: Intense, prickly cinnamon on the entry with a slightly powdery mouthfeel. Some classic whiskey flavors – sweet oak, caramel, vanilla, and a touch of cherry – mingle with a slightly funky undertone: oxidized lemon juice, wet saddle, and slightly bitter ground nutmeg. The smoke in the nose doesn’t really show through on the palate until the end, when there’s a subtle hint of char.

Final Thoughts:
The relationship between Pendleton Directors’ Reserve and Pendleton’s classic expression is quite direct. If you like the everyday Pendleton, you’ll love the Directors’ Reserve. It’s like drinking the same whisky, only with the sugar and caramel notes turned down, and the spice and leather notes turned up. More balanced and better-integrated, this won’t disappoint Pendleton’s fans one bit.

Collections: Bourbon/Rye, Spirits, Whiskey


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