Sagamore Spirit’s family of rye whiskies was honored multiple times at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, where an expert panel handed Double Gold awards to the distillery’s Barrel Select Straight Rye Whiskey and its newest Sagamore Reserve Series offering, Calvados Finish.
Panelists blindly tasted over 3,000 distinct spirits from around the world. The awards were complemented by Sagamore Spirit’s naming last month as Small Distillery of the Year by the John Barleycorn Awards, whose judges include some of the nation’s most respected spirits journalists.
“We are passionate about bringing Maryland-style rye back, and are proud to be making serious inroads,” said Brian Treacy, president of Sagamore Spirit. “It’s what put our distillery on the map beyond our city and state, all thanks to a kind of risk taking that both respects tradition and pushes the envelope every day.”
Sagamore Spirit’s Barrel Select Straight Rye Whiskey is a robust 110 proof expression, aged for six years. The extra time in the barrel adds impressive notes of vanilla, walnut, clove and brown sugar, and makes for an exceptionally long finish. Calvados Finish rye whiskey is one of the brand’s most inventive offerings, finished for over 11 months in casks that had previously nurtured French apple brandy to imbue silky soft notes of baked apples, cinnamon and honey. Sagamore Spirit’s Cask Strength rye whiskey also brought home a Gold medal.
The John Barleycorn Awards’ bestowal of Small Distillery of the Year to Sagamore Spirit further attests to the brand’s potent blend of tradition-keeping and innovation. The Awards’ panelists, which includes some of the nation’s top spirits writers from magazines such as the Wall Street Journal, Whiskey Advocate, Imbibe and more, also named Cognac Finish as best whiskey.
All Sagamore Spirit rye whiskies are made by blending high-rye and low-rye mash bills and are proofed with limestone-filtered spring water, helping give its whiskey approachability distinctive to Maryland-style ryes. Limited and year-round offerings can be found at: SagamoreSpirit.com.
Sagamore Spirit opened its award-winning five-acre waterfront distillery campus in Baltimore in April 2017. Since then, nearly 100,000 guests have visited the campus and tasted the brand’s 50-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 is committed to inspiring a global passion for Maryland Rye Whiskey.