Maryland was the location for the birthplace of American Whiskey, and Rye Whiskey was the original American Whiskey. So the distilling history goes back 158 years before even Kentucky became a state! True pioneers in their craft, Sagamore Spirit is proud to offer a grain-to-glass experience, one that connects their environment to their community with some of the best rye whiskey available. The distillery was founded in 2012 by Bill McDermond and the Plank Family, launching their first product in 2016- their Signature 83-Proof Rye Whiskey. In 2017, the team opened a five-acre waterfront distillery in Baltimore’s Port Covington area. Since then, over 100,000 guests have toured their facility and tasted their award-winning rye whiskies.
Sagamore Spirit Cask Strength Rye Whiskey is a blend of MGP-distilled straight rye whiskies from two different mash bills at four years old. Because these are contract distillations, they aren’t just blending tanks of already-aged standard rye, but rather specifying the mash bill and barrel entry proof and waiting for the rye to hit target ages before blending them. The first mash bill is 95% rye and 5% malted barley, and the second is 51% rye and some combination of corn and malted barley. It’s bottled at cask strength or close to it (they add a “splash” of Maryland spring water to bring the batch to 56.1% ABV, presumably for consistency). All of Sagamore Spirit’s products are made without added coloring.