Sagamore Spirit, know for its focus upon rye whiskeys from its Maryland distillery, recently released a sherry cask finished rye whiskey. Formerly a distillery exclusive, its popularity back a few years ago prompted the move to wider distribution.
The new Sagamore Spirit Sherry Finish Rye Whiskey, according to those behind it, has become part of the distillery’s Reserve Series. For this year’s release, Sagamore Spirit aged its 4-year-old straight rye whiskey for an additional 18 months in 132-gallon PX Sherry barrels, coaxing for what’s described as ” rye whiskey with velvety notes of toasted almond, dried fig, candied orange peel and soft spice.
“The structured oak profile of Sagamore Spirit’s whiskey balances the bouquet of dried fruit and honey left from the PX Sherry wine, creating a complex, yet approachable, 106-proof rye.”
“There’s a long history of Sherry finishes in the Scotch world, but very few have been done with rye whiskey,” said Brian Treacy, Sagamore Spirit’s co-founder and President of Distillery Operations, in a prepared statement. “Our distilling team loves the pairing of the rich almond and fig flavors with the caramel, cinnamon, clove and peppercorn from our straight rye whiskey, so they welcomed the opportunity to bring back this delicious limited-edition rye.”
This limited edition whiskey can be savored neat, on the rocks, or mixed into a seasonal cocktail to welcome the coming of cooler weather. It is has become available nationwide in 750ml bottles at a suggested retail price of $79.