Pursuit Series (Episode 029)
In this review we’re checking out a rye from the Pursuit Spirits brand. In keeping with their podcast-themed releases, this bottle is labeled as Episode 029. Let’s have at it!
If you checked out our previous review of Pursuit Series 028 you’re already familiar with the brand, and how they utilize a podcast style name scheme for their releases. Adding “Show Notes” to each bottle to give the consumer a brief idea of what’s to be expected inside. The show notes, age statement, as well as State of distillation are always easy to find on a bottle of Pursuit Series, and as we can read on their website, they are aiming these products directly at us…the whiskey geeks.
Ryan Cecil and Kenny Coleman first met while creating the Bourbon Pursuit Podcast. For years, they got to interact with the brightest individuals in the bourbon whiskey industry. They learned what it takes to create, select, and blend great whiskey. Their goal is to cater to the whiskey enthusiast while adapting to a new market by selecting the best barrels and bottling uncut and unfiltered.
Alright, then. A four year Tennessee rye is what we have on deck today, let’s explore.
Nose – Caramel, fruit…hmm the fruit is coming through as berries. Red berries. There’s light oak, buttercream, a touch of grain and a hint of spearmint comes through after letting this rest a bit longer.
Taste – Starts fruity and sweet with a hint of vanilla, moves on to rye spice and back to dark fruit…dried figs. Pretty surprised at how much fruit there is in here.
Finish – As the fruits fade from light berries to dark figs then transition on to bring a nice spicy rye note that sticks around forever. What a long spicy finish–it’s not a peppery spice like you’d find in our Rare Breed Rye review, but instead a tasty rye spice that stands on it’s own. Wow this is hands-down the most impressive part of this pour.
Bourbon Finder Grade: B
As with many offerings in the rye category, this product does perfectly well at just four years. While there’s no doubt this single barrel was ready to bottle, I’m curious if we can look forward to a similar barrel of this rye that’s a bit older. Nicely done here by the Pursuit Spirits team.
TheBourbonFinder thanks Pursuit Spirits for graciously providing us a sample of their product. Being able to try new things in the whiskey space, without strings attached, is an opportunity we greatly appreciate. Per our review ethos, we provide objective reviews and commentary on media samples of spirits and products; remember, friends, these are the good old days of whiskey!
Our grading system: As mentioned in our About Us page, we’re excited to share bourbon with our friends, family, and readers. There are enough critics, cynics, and curmudgeons in the whiskey world as it is, so our goal is to foster the bourbon community in a positive way by bringing fun and entertaining content whenever possible–as such–we decided that applying precise scores to whiskey was simply too serious for us (and didn’t accurately showcase variability in taste from day to day). We use a simple grade school system to apply a grade to the whiskeys we review because we feel it is indicative of the whiskey’s grade for us on that particular day. A grade of a “B” today may very well be a “B+” or even a “B-” on another day, so rather than focusing on a precise score today that may not stand the test of time, we are just sharing our overall grade of that pour for that one tasting. Pour a bit and enjoy, friends, these are the good old days of whiskey!