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A Second Round with Pendleton Canadian Whisky


Got a fresh bottle of Pendleton and wanted to put it to a test a second time to see if maybe I was having a weird tastebud day that originally made Pendleton come across as so overwhelmingly sugary and sweet.

Bottom line: No, not really. This is Canadian whisky sweet enough to make the maple syrup industry start to get a little suspicious.

That said, I liked Pendleton a little better this time around, its smoky character a little more prominent now, and laced through with a touch of bitterness. Again, I’d have no problem dumping a shot of Pendleton into a Coke, but drinking it straight? Well… there’s just not enough mystery here. Much like standard-grade Crown Royal, this is perfectly serviceable Canadian whisky, but it still isn’t knocking my socks completely off.

Would probably upgrade to a full B if I re-rated today.

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  1. Jammer G February 14, 2009

    I don’t find it too be too sweet at all. not sure what the heck that guy was drinking, but he must have added sugar to his drink, because this whiskey is perfect. if you want sweet, drink jim beam or jerimiah weed or wood reserve something or another, now that wood reserve thang is SWEEEET…roll on.

  2. BillyFish March 15, 2009

    I agree with Jammer G! I don’t know what the critic was tasting, but it sure doesn’t sound like the Pendleton that I drink! My uneducated taste buds rate it way above Crown. I don’t get the sweet bit.

  3. Bo Mason October 7, 2009

    I bought a bottle of this in Havre, Montana… upon re-entering the US from Saskatchewan. The only Canadian whiskey over there that I enjoyed was Grants 12, but in Montana, I discovered Pendleton. I thought it was better than Crown.. smoother, and a little sweeter, but in a very good way. On the rocks, and with an extra splash of the stuff when I was half-way through my glass. Not much else to do in Havre Montana in March. One local liquor store carries it here back in New England, and I have bought it a couple of times since then. My Whiskey of choice in this price range is Weller Special Reserve, which I compare to Makers Mark… but with more of a grip to it. I also like Fighting Cock, but only on the rocks. Say it once… “Cock on the Rocks”, and then laugh like Beavis and Butthead.


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