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Sagamore Spirit Cask Strength Rye Whiskey Review

In Rye Whiskey Reviews by Lee Stang7 Comments

Fueled by Maryland’s great veteran distillers, we forged a new path to define cask strength rye whiskey. There are no shortcuts here; no dilutions or alterations – simply a splash of spring water and a time-honored tradition of patience and purpose. Aged fully, and exploding in color and flavor, it’s a spirit that connects us to a storied past only Maryland Rye Whiskey can claim. Sagamore Spirit
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Sagamore Spirit Cask Strength Rye Whiskey

  • DISTILLER: Sagamore Spirit, Baltimore, MD, sourced from MGP distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
  • MASH BILL: A blend of two different straight rye whiskies – a high rye content and a low rye content. Percentages are proprietary.
  • AGE: No Age Statement but according to the distillery 4 to 5 years
  • YEAR: 2017
  • PROOF: 112.2 (56.1% ABV)
  • MSRP: $74.99 in Virginia
  • BUY ONLINE: Total Wine $69.99
NOSE: Rye Bread | Cherry | Pepper

TASTE: Pepper | Vanilla | Rye Spice

FINISH: A nice finish of vanilla and cherries with pepper lingering on the back of the tongue. A nice burn that sneaks up as you sip.

SHARE WITH: I would share this with anyone who wants to try a good, high proof, rye.

WORTH THE PRICE: Yes, I find this to a very good rye whiskey. It is worthy of a spot in my cabinet.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: This is definitely worth trying in a bar if you can find it. I know at this cost many would hesitate to buy without trying. It is becoming more wide spread in distribution, so if you are interested in trying before buying keep an eye out.

OVERALL: Last summer I had the opportunity to attend a Sagamore Spirit Rye tasting. I like their regular rye offering, but at 83 proof, it is a nice rye but not great. The Cask Strength Rye, however, is excellent. It has finally arrived here in Virginia and I purchased a bottle when I saw it.

Sagamore Spirit is owned by Kevin Plank, who you may know better as the CEO of Under Armour. The distillery is based in Baltimore and is “… committed to putting Maryland back on the map as the premier distiller of rye whiskey.” According to a Sagamore Spirit press release, Maryland held one third of the US rye whiskey supply in 1939. Unfortunately, all the distilleries converted to ethanol production for World War II and they never came back.

The Sagamore Spirit Distillery opened in Baltimore in April 2017 and they do not hide the fact that their rye right now is sourced from MGP in Indiana. Their rye is finished from spring water from the historic Sagamore Farm, also owned by Kevin Plank.

This is one of the better rye whiskies I have tasted. Not as good as the recently released Kentucky Owl but at half the price, a great bargain. I certainly like this better than Bulleit Rye. It is very drinkable, not too hot for the proof, and it has a great rye flavor.

It is worthy of a pour.

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Lee Stang

Lee Stang


Lee’s bourbon journey started with one mistaken gulp of bourbon and coke as an eight-year-old. While bourbon was always part of his life, Lee followed a beer, wine path for the most part until a bartender poured him a taste of Buffalo Trace about ten years ago. It was at that point Lee’s love of bourbon really took off. Not only does Lee enjoy a good pour of bourbon but he is more than willing and excited to talk about it. Lee believes that bourbon, and for that matter all spirits, is enhanced by the experience of good company, good conversation and good bars. The combination leads to great stories. Say hi to him when you see him. Lee lives in Leesburg, VA, with his wife, best friend, and drinking partner, Patti. You might find her having a bourbon as well. Both Lee and Patti like to read mystery thrillers and travel. Most likely the travel leads to visits to new bars.


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    Excellent bottle! I bought this when I saw it appear in NC ABC stores. Purchased because it won Double Gold in 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. I also agree with the Kentucky Owl assessment.

    1. Lee Stang

      Hi Chris, Thanks for your comment. It is an excellent bottle. A lot of good ryes around.


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    They’d better fix the “Proof/Alcohol” numbers on the label!!


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    I’m sorry, I should have been more specific with my comment. If you look at the label in the picture, the proof number 56.8 should be on the other side of the label with “ALC/VOL” and the 113.6 number should be on the other side of the label under “PROOF.” Makes we wonder whats really in the bottle!! Haha!!

    1. Lee Stang

      Nice catch Rich! I didn’t notice that. The bottle picture was provided by Sagamore Spirit. The bottle I purchased was 112.2 proof and had the numbers in the correct place. Thanks for taking the time to read my post.


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