Sagamore Spirit Calvados Finish Straight Rye Whiskey

The Calvados Finish expression continues Sagamore's experimentation with different cask finishes. After port and cognac barrels, French apple brandy calvados takes the spotlight, imparting the spirit with a distinct fruitiness.
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In the early 1800s, Maryland farmers were known to use rye as a cover crop. Its fibrous and sturdy nature kept soil healthy, protecting the land from erosion, not to mention it made a great quality whiskey. Rye whiskey production also proved to be more profitable than selling the raw grain. After the spring harvest, the grains were distilled, and rye whiskey became the unofficial spirit of Maryland.

Sagamore Spirit produces a range of all American Rye Whiskeys and is reminiscent of those early days of Maryland distilling, paying homage to this era with a uniquely crafted spirit. Maryland rye whiskeys have historically been smoother than its Pennsylvanian and Kentucky counterparts, harboring creamy tastes and textures from the calcium-rich waters of Maryland limestone. In their early stages, the majority of production went into blends for other companies; they currently own their private distillery outfitted with a brand new visitor center in Maryland.

The Sagamore Spirit Calvados Finish continues their experimentation with finishing their straight rye whiskey in various different casks. After port and cognac, they decided to give the limelight to ex-calvados barrels which used to hold the French apple brandy. "One of our distillers has a personal penchant for Calvados and wanted to see what it might bring out in our rye whiskey. [...] They gave it the time it needed in the barrel to create one of our most special releases so far," says Sagamore's president Brian Treacy.

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Proof 101.2 (50.6% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Sagamore Spirit Distillery
Size 750mL
The nose is rich with baked apples, honey, as well as cinnamon. Even more fruit reveals itself on the palate with apples, pears, honey, vanilla, and spicy clove notes. The honey lingers through the finish and is joined by a pleasant nuttiness.
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