Excerpt: The good news is that Midnight is not quite as aggressively cloying as standard Pendleton, as it tempers the sweetness with some more nuanced notes driven by the brandy barrel aging it undergoes. The various flavors ultimately meld together quite nicely, with a nice sense of cohesion and balance.
Excerpt: I believe you must sip this slowly, study it, and focus intently on the flavors. It makes you look for it. This whisky begins at the front of the mouth and jumps to the back. It has got a short to medium finish.
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Distilled in Canada by an undisclosed Canadian producer, Pendleton finishes and bottles their releases at Hood River in Oregon. This particular expression is aged in oak and then finished in a brandy barrel, and is bottled at 45% ABV. Let's dive in.
Sweet and grain forward at first, packed with plum, honey, and a touch of sweet cream.
Thin on the palate and sweet, the fruit carries through quite a bit. Orange, plum, a touch of blackberry. It's sweet and easy drinking, definitely low proof and low on tannin. That's not a complaint, but if you aren't a fan of sweet or fruity in whiskey, this may be a pass. If plum and honey are your callsigns, you're in luck.
Medium finish, it doesn't hang on forever but has plenty of pleasant sweetness and fruit to stay interesting.
Pendleton's Midnight is an easy, fruit forward sipper that is sure to interest fans of brandy finishes and sweet, easy drinking whiskeys.
Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.
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