Pendleton 20 year old Directors' Reserve (2017 Release), 40%

Price: $125 Issue: Summer 2017 Reviewer: Davin de Kergommeaux

Joining the core Pendleton lineup, with a new edition expected each September. Past releases of Director's Reserve have been irregular, perhaps because a local rancher killed the buzz when he bought the entire first batch nearly a decade ago. A luxuriously creamy body coats your palate with mild vanilla, butterscotch, restrained white pepper, and nutty plum pudding. Pencil shavings punctuate a medium finish. Less complexity than its age predicts.