Oregon Single Malt
Hood River Distillers INC.
Style: Single Malt
Peggy Noe Stevens – 8.3
Nose: Decidedly pleasant grassy-hay aroma with crushed almonds on the back end, faintly breezing through creamy hints of buttered toffee.
Palate: Warm overture of oak and sweetness. Cool taste of white pepper and mint. Glossy bites of white cherry and a citrus-vanilla.
Finish: Approachable and easy, fresh oak and wood sugar blends with a soft, smokey finish.
Comment: This is a comfortable companion to sip and take you into the evening.
Susan Reigler – 7.9
Nose: A pleasant light peatiness that’s not overwhelmingly smoky. It dominates the nose to the exclusion of other aromas, save for iodine.
Palate: Peat on the tongue is joined by some vanilla and a tiny suggestion of apple, accompanied by oak.
Finish: Once again there is peat, peat, peat, and more peat that lingers with a dash of pepper.
Comment: Both the extremely pale color and the simple nose indicate that this whiskey is very young. It is certainly not bad, simply not complex.