Classification: Blend of Straight Bourbons Finished with Toasted American and French Oak
Company: Pursuit Spirits, LLC
Distillery: Sourced from MGP, Finger Lakes Distilling, and an undisclosed distillery in Tennessee not in Tullahoma (i.e. not George Dickel)
Release Date: December 2022 (Ongoing)
Mashbill: Undisclosed blend of three bourbon mashbills:
Undisclosed Tennessee Distillery: 80% Corn, 10% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
MGP: 60% Corn, 36% Rye, 4% Malted Barley
Finger Lakes Distilling: 70% Corn, 20% Rye, 10% Cherry Smoked Barley
MSRP: $75 (2023)
Seasoned oak | Clove | Black pepper | Aunt Jemima pancake syrup | Nutty undertone
Clove | Charred oak | Raw sugar | Graham cracker | Burst of spice on the backend | Creamy mouthfeel & rich delivery of flavors
Spice plateaus & lingers | Pancake syrup | Brown sugar | Graham cracker | Caramel | Toffee | Long
Their first exploration into finishing, Pursuit United’s inaugural Oak Collection Bourbon release adds richness and a creamy mouthfeel to their base blend.
According to the company’s press release, The Oak Collection is a new line extension that will be an ongoing series providing “exploration of whiskey tastes and constant innovation.” The initial release features two limited whiskeys, Pursuit United Bourbon Finished with Toasted American and French Oak and Pursuit United Rye Finished with Sherry French Revere Oak
This whiskey builds off the Pursuit United Bourbon base, but changes up the blend slightly, swapping the Bardstown Bourbon Company component for an MGP component, and using a Finger Lakes Distilling component that’s similar, but trades malted barley for cherry smoked barley. To make the whiskey, the original unfinished blend was split into two containers where one was finished with Toasted American Oak and the other with French oak. The separately finished whiskeys were then blended together to create the final product.
The finish is subtle and nicely integrated, amplifying some of the base whiskey’s qualities but providing a kind of smoothing-out effect. The most notable trait is its creamy mouthfeel, along with a nicely balanced sweet - spicy - oak mix. Overall, it improves upon what I found in Batch 7CC, and worth the $10 price increase as a result.
The bottle in review is from batch 11CC.