Review #1611 – Pursuit Series Episode 025

The Schtick: This bottling is an independent bottling of 5yr spirit from Finger Lakes Distilling done by Pursuit Spirits. I’ve had a little from Finger Lakes so far, and I’ve thought they are making excellent progress for a new operation, so I’m really looking forward to diving in a giving this release a review. Let’s get to it.

Review #1611 | Bourbon Review #685

Distiller: Finger Lakes Distilling

Bottler: Pursuit Series

Brand: Pursuit Series

Selection: N/A

ABV: 52% ABV

Age: 5 Years


Nose: Whoah – tons going on here. Lots of apple, pear, jalapeño, pepper, a pretty hefty hit of ethanol, some cocoa.

Taste: Sweet and spicy initially. Thin on the palate and a really quite a bit hot, but loaded with pepper, honey, pear and apple and caramel. Like a peppery caramel apple.

Finish: Short, a bit hot, and loaded with pepper, some vegetation, apples, pears, caramel with a hint of cocoa.

Overall: While not showing blatant youth, this hot barrel truly is reminiscent of some pepper and cocoa. I like it, but it needs some time to deal with that aggressive ethanol before it can really climb higher. I’m watching Finger Lakes closely as I’ve had a lot of good stuff from them, some even great, despite the age on most of their barrels, and I think the potential is there. Next couple years should be exciting as they really grow into their distillate.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5


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Decoded:

0 | Unscored | New Make Spirit or Personal Selection.

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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