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Cecil + Coleman
Blended Straight Rye Whiskeys
Batch 7CC (July 2022)
Blended & Bottled by Pursuit Spirits
Non-Age Stated; All component ryes are said to be older than 4 years
Please enjoy our Pursuit United Rye Review!
The Second Pursuit United Rye from Pursuit Spirits
Kenny Coleman and Ryan Cecil, the creators of the Bourbon Pursuit podcast, founded Pursuit Spirits in 2018. They initially produced select sourced single barrels under the Pursuit Series label, but now focus on their own brand of blended whiskeys, Pursuit United. They released their first whiskey, a bourbon, back in early 2021, followed by their rye later that year. The Pursuit United Rye that I am reviewing today is their second rye release, released in August 2022 and designated by Batch 7CC on the label.
A Blend Of Three Different Rye Whiskeys
Pursuit United Rye is unique. It is a blend of three different rye whiskeys, each made from a different mashbill. In addition, the ryes are distilled by two different distilleries in two different states. Two of the ryes come from Sagamore Spirit in Maryland, whereas the third rye comes from Bardstown Bourbon Company in Bardstown, Kentucky.
So What Are The Mash Bills?
The mash bills of the three component ryes are:
Bardstown Bourbon Company: 95% rye, 5% malted barley
Sagamore Spirit: 95% rye, 5% malted barley
Sagamore Spirit: 52% rye, 43% corn, 5% malted barley
Tasting Notes – Pursuit United Rye
Let’s taste it:
🛌 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn
👉Nose: Brown sugar sweetness, clove, spearmint, cedar, light cinnamon & rye bread; Dark stone fruits like black cherries; a hint of raisin; moderate alcohol
👉Taste: Rye spices, oak, caramel & brown sugar sweetness; dark cherry and grape juice arrive later on
👉Finish: Oak, char and black pepper spice build in the finish, with the spice becoming quite noticeable; some sweetness and fruit linger, although there is a drier woodiness that develops later on. Long finish with a moderate burn.
Tasting Notes – Summary
Pursuit United Rye is quite the unique rye. While there are certainly some of the characteristic rye flavors up front, such as clove, cedar and some mint, the darker sweeter fruits that make appearances throughout and the caramel and brown sugar sweetness are a bit unexpected. Nonetheless, they are quite welcome and really provide Pursuit United Rye with an interesting depth and complexity. The noticeable spice in the finish provides the perfect contrast to the sweetness and fruit. Overall, this is a very enjoyable pour.
This rye is meant to be a bourbon lover’s rye, and I think it has achieved that goal. Have you tried the latest batch of Pursuit United Rye? What did you think? Cheers!🥃
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