Pursuit United Rye (Batch 1)
When the fellas behind the Official Podcast of Bourbon dip their toes into the rye whiskey world, we enthusiasts take notice. Having already tried Pursuit United Bourbon I was quite excited for this release. Let’s take a look at this release to see if the guys behind the microphones are as adept in the blending lab as they are at the interview desk. Here we go!
Staying true to the course, Cecil & Coleman have kept transparency at the forefront of their products. From the press information we can see that the rye whiskeys in this blend came from Bardstown Bourbon Company (Kentucky) and Sagamore Spirits (Maryland).
A 95/5 mashbill (95% Rye / 5% Malted Barley) from each distillery was used, while an additional recipe from Sagamore Spirits utilizing their 52% rye recipe was included to bring in characteristics from corn as well. This makes perfect sense to me, as the owners of this brand are bourbon fanatics through-and-through. Some of the Kentucky style rye (which tends to be a “barely legal” rye at 51% or 52% rye content) will likely bring in sweeter notes that bourbon often shows.
Following in the same footsteps as Pursuit United bourbon, Pursuit United Rye wanted to showcase the art of the blend. The small batch blend of straight rye whiskeys utilizes three different mashbills from two states. One is provided by Bardstown Bourbon Company and the other two come from Sagamore Spirit.
So, once again, we’re looking at a 108 proof non-chill filtered expression of straight rye whiskeys…let’s go!
Nose – Supple and sweet right up front with a twist of spice. There’s a dash of oak and then a kind of fruitiness I’m not totally putting my finger on. Something like brown sugar is hanging out around the edges here, and then I get a good whiff of this nice dark rye grain.
Taste – The mouthfeel is a touch light here compared to the Pursuit United Bourbon, but I am noticing right off the bat this rye is packed with flavor. Starts off sweet with a vanilla hard candy kind of vibe that jumps straight into some juicy fruit bubblegum notes. As it moves through the palate things really progress into some charred oak, rye bread, and a surprising combination of vanilla and clove.
Finish – Medium to long on the finish, and the rye backbone really stands out as the sweeter front palate starts to fade. The almost bourbon kind of vanilla rolls away and then the oak structure holds together the end of an enjoyable sip with rye spice taking things home.
Bourbon Finder Grade: B+
I’m immediately reminded of Rare Breed Rye with this pour, albeit with a bit less of a mouthfeel and where I think Rare Breed Rye drinks with a big bright character, the Pursuit United Rye comes through with a darker and richer profile.
All in all this is a really nice rye expression and I think it’s proof-positive that the blending over at Pursuit Spirits isn’t a one trick pony. If you liked the Pursuit United bourbon, I have to recommend you try the rye as well.
TheBourbonFinder thanks Pursuit United 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!
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