About Sagamore Spirit Cognac Finish
This unique whiskey is the traditional Sagamore Rye finished in French cognac barrels, yielding notes of velvety spice, apple vanilla, and brown sugar. Winner of the 2019 Denver International Spirits Competition Double Gold – this whiskey captures the spirit of innovation and tradition.
In the early 1800s, Maryland farmers were using rye as a cover crop. The rye has a fibrous and sturdy character that keeps soil healthy, protects the land from erosion, and last but not least, it serves as a base for a top-notch whiskey. Rye whiskey production also turned out to be more profitable than simply selling raw grain. After the grains were harvested in the spring and later distilled, rye whiskey became the unofficial spirit of Maryland.
Sagamore Spirit pays tribute to these early days of the Maryland distilling tradition with their carefully crafted unique rye whiskeys. Their core line is comprised of three Maryland-Style Rye Whiskeys – Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey, Cask Strength Rye Whiskey, and Double Oak Rye Whiskey. In the past, Maryland Rye Whiskey was famous for its smoothness and a lingering rye spice finish that harbored creamy tastes, imparted from the calcium-rich waters of Maryland limestone.
Sagamore Spirit’s whiskeys are made from water that flows from their Spring House, built in 1909, at Sagamore Farm. It comes from a limestone aquifer, which makes it pure and naturally filtered - it’s cool, crisp, and calcium-rich, or in other words: perfect for whiskey. Receiving 95 points from The Tasting Panel and a Gold Medal from the SIP Awards, their signature Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey exemplifies Maryland-style rye whiskey, with balanced notes of warm cinnamon, vanilla bean, honey, and spice.
At their Baltimore distillery, each batch is hand-blended for consistency in aroma, flavor, and texture. The spirit is crafted from two distinct mash bills, one a high rye and the other a low rye, that yield their signature bold flavor profile. The high rye contains rye and malted barley in a ratio that gives flavors of baking spices and fruit. The second mash bill, a low rye where corn and malted barley are more prominent, helps create a smooth, slightly sweet spirit. The two recipes are distilled, aged separately, then blended to achieve a Maryland-style rye flavor profile prior to bottling - creating a bold, approachable spirit.
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Cognac is a type of brandy produced in the Cognac region of France.
Because the French take it very seriously, there are numerous rules cognac makers have to follow not to fall “short” into the brandy category.
The white wine from the specific grapes (Ugni blanc) has to be doubly distilled in a copper pot still before being aged for at least two years in oak casks from which the wood can only come from two specific forests in France (Limousin or Tronçais).
Depending on the age, there are three types of cognac, the youngest V.S. (Very Special), V.S.O.P. (Very Superior Old Pale), and the X.O. (Extra Old)
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