Sagamore Spirits goal is to inspire a global passion for Maryland Rye Whiskey. The folks in Baltimore, Maryland have only been distilling there since 2017 and if everything thing goes to plan their very own rye whiskey will be available sometime in 2021. In the meantime all their whiskey is sourced from somewhere in Indiana (Give us an M…). The brand is very transparent on where their liquid is sourced from and seems to be pretty passionate about recreating that slightly sweeter and versatile Maryland rye whiskey profile which is a million miles away from the frequently used high 95% rye mash bill. Two of MGP’s rye mash bills, one high and one low rye, are being used and have been blended together to nail this somewhat unique rye profile.
The versatility angle of their whiskey is keenly promoted on their website Sagamore Spirit with an entire page of over 30 cocktail recipes. The signature rye whiskey is aged between 4-5 years of age and bottled at 41.5% ABV. For those who lean favour towards a higher ABV, there is a cask strength offering bottled at a whopping 56.1% ABV. The third standard rye is what we are reviewing below, the Double Oak.
The distilling team at Sagamore Spirit really are a bunch of curious cats and have a number of limited release finished rye whiskies. Cognac, Rye Ale, Calvados, Port, Moscatel and finally but certainly not least there is Vintners which is finished in Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Port Barrels!
So did this Maryland Rye Whiskey inspire the Gents, read on to find out.
For this review we drank it neat in a Glencairn glass.
What we got – Fruity orange peel, cinnamon, quite a refined nose despite the reasonably high alcohol by volume. Menthol and minty clean wet grass
What they say we should get – Sweet spicy grain, with brown sugar, cinnamon butter and oily orange peel
What we got – Cinnamon, apple pie, honeyed fruits with a creamy nuttiness. A strong dark chocolate profile. A very lively palate compared to the quitter and distinguished nose.
What they say we should get – Apple crumble with a good helping of cinnamon, with dark chocolate praline, a crack of black pepper and creamy ground almond
What we got – Lingers briefly with spiciness and sweetness combined. Long enough to enjoy but short enough for you to revisit the glass quickly