Sagamore Spirit’s new Sagamore Reserve Vintner’s Finish rye Whiskey means that Whiskey lovers may just start to develop a taste for wine.
The latest limited time offering from the award-winning distillery brings a new complexity to the brand’s signature Maryland-style rye. Vintner’s Finish at 98 proof is aged to perfection in casks that were previously home to premium red wine and port, ultimately revealing notes of cherry and cinnamon without taming the original rye’s distinctly spicy dry finish.
Those looking for a taste will need to act quickly, and have people in the right places: Sagamore Reserve Vintner’s Finish is available only in Maryland and D.C. for a limited time.
“We decided to have a little fun and experiment with finishes,” said Sagamore Spirit President Brian Treacy.
“Taking risks is one of the best parts of making Whiskey, and finishing our rye in wine barrels proved to be one well worth taking. I’m proud of the team for imagining and creating such a fantastic finished product.”
The 98-proof rye Whiskey is the third limited release from Sagamore Spirit, following Double Oak Rye Whiskey, which finishes the spirit in a second “wave stave” oak barrel to create flavors of caramel and dark vanilla, and Moscatel Barrel Finished Whiskey, which is finished in Moscatel wine barrels to reveal a surprising blend of fruit and spice. Every variety of Sagamore Spirit rye is proofed with locally-sourced, limestone-rich spring water from Sagamore Farm, creating a beautiful balance.
Sagamore Spirit is proud to be one of the Baltimore-based distillers leading a local Whiskey renaissance and restoring its home state’s rightful place in America’s Whiskey-making heritage. Its newest offering gives whiskey lovers yet another reason to venture to Maryland and experience the rye revival in person.
Sagamore Spirit opened its award-winning five-acre waterfront distillery campus in Baltimore in April 2017. Since then, over 30,000 guests have visited the campus and tasted the brand’s 15-time award-winning rye Whiskies. Each batch of Whiskey is made with pure spring-fed Maryland water. The distillation team blends two different rye mash bills – a high rye and a low rye – and then adds limestone-filtered spring water transported 22 miles from Sagamore Farm, to create an 83 proof Maryland-style rye Whiskey. 100 percent of Sagamore Rye is cut to proof with this distinct water. Sagamore Spirit also offers a Cask Strength whiskey that is 112 – 114 proof. Sagamore Spirit is committed to putting Maryland back on the map as the premier distiller of Rye Whiskey.
According to Sagamore Spirit: “We are proud to call Baltimore our home and since April 2017, have been distilling and aging our proprietary straight rye whiskey from our distillery on Baltimore’s waterfront. It takes 4 years to get to the perfect taste so stay tuned!”
“But we wanted to share our Maryland-style rye whiskey before our distillery was built. So we asked our friends in Indiana to distill our two different proprietary mash bills for us. They make great Whiskies out there and we couldn’t be prouder of the product. Once the whiskey is aged, it’s shipped to our Maryland distillery in barrels and our distilling team proofs it with Sagamore Farm spring water, before hand-bottling and labeling each one.”