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.
Whoah - tons going on here. Lots of apple, pear, jalapeño, pepper, a pretty hefty hit of ethanol, some cocoa.
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.
Short, a bit hot, and loaded with pepper, some vegetation, apples, pears, caramel with a hint of cocoa.
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.