Sagamore Spirit, a new Baltimore-based whiskey company, announced today that it will release its Cask Strength Rye Whiskey this December. This first release will be available in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Kentucky, New York, and New Jersey.
“We are proud to make spirits worthy of Maryland’s distilling heritage,” said Brian Treacy, President of Sagamore Spirit. “As our bottle says, ‘We forged a new path to define cask strength rye whiskey’.”
Sagamore Spirit Cask Strength Rye Whiskey is an American straight rye whiskey with a unique mash bill and proofing process. Sagamore Spirit ages two different rye mash bills – a high rye and a low rye – and then blends them to make their proprietary recipe. Each barrel ages to a slightly different proof, which means every bottle will have a unique proof, close to 111 or 112. A ladle of Sagamore Farm spring-fed water is added for a touch of smoothness. Sagamore drives this water 22 miles from the limestone spring at Sagamore Farm to their bottling facility at City Garage in Port Covington. 100 percent of both Sagamore’s 83-proof rye and Cask Strength Rye uses this distinct water.
The Cask Strength Rye Whiskey is aged just under four years and is sold for $73.99 for the 750 mL bottle.
Since hitting the market in May of this year, Sagamore Spirit has won five national awards and will enter both their Cask Strength and the 83 proof whiskies in national competitions in 2017.
The company broke ground on its five-acre whiskey distillery in Port Covington on October 28, 2015 and will offer tours and tastings to the public when it opens. The 22,000 square-foot distillery building will house an American-made column still and pot still, handle the shipping and receiving of grains, and new and used barrels. A 120-foot water tower, visible from I-95, will hold Sagamore Farm spring water used in the proofing process.
The 27,000 square-foot processing center will house Sagamore Spirit’s state-of-the-art bottling line and a Visitor Center, where Sagamore expects to welcome over 100,000 visitors annually.