For this year’s limited release, Sagamore Spirit aged its 4-year-old straight rye whiskey for an additional 18 months in 132-gallon PX Sherry barrels.
The result is a rye whiskey with notes of toasted almond, dried fig, candied orange peel and soft spice, the company reports. The oak profile of Sagamore Spirit’s whiskey balances the dried fruit and honey left from the PX Sherry wine.
“There’s a long history of sherry finishes in the Scotch world, but very few have been done with rye whiskey,” says Brian Treacy, Sagamore Spirit’s Co-founder and President of Distillery Operations. “Our distilling team loves the pairing of the rich almond and fig flavors with the caramel, cinnamon, clove and peppercorn from our straight rye whiskey, so they welcomed the opportunity to bring back this delicious limited-edition rye.”
Sherry Finish is part of the Sagamore Spirit Reserve Series, a collection of limited-edition Maryland-style rye whiskies. Past releases include 8-Year-Old Rye Whiskey, Manhattan Finish and Rum Cask Finish.
This year’s Sagamore Spirit Sherry Finish Rye Whiskey is 106 proof. It is available nationwide this month in 750-ml. bottles at a suggested retail price of $79 each.
To find a bottle, visit sagamorespirit.com/find-rye.