Sagamore Spirit announced the latest release in its Reserve Series: Sherry Finish Rye Whiskey. PX Sherry wine from Spanish vineyards and golden brown rye whiskey in Maryland's distinct, approachable style are coming together once again in a limited edition Sagamore Spirit Reserve Series Sherry Finish Rye Whiskey, it says.
For this year's release, Sagamore Spirit aged its four-year-old straight rye whiskey for an additional 18 months in 132-gallon PX Sherry barrels, coaxing forth a rye whiskey with velvety notes of toasted almond, dried fig, candied orange peel and soft spice, the company says. The structured oak profile of Sagamore Spirit’s whiskey balances the bouquet of dried fruit and honey left from the PX Sherry wine, creating a complex, yet approachable, 106-proof rye, it adds.
“There’s a long history of Sherry finishes in the Scotch world, but very few have been done with rye whiskey,” said Brian Treacy, Sagamore Spirit’s co-founder and president of distillery operations, in a statement. “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 that celebrate the legacy of Maryland distilling. Past releases include 8-Year-Old Rye Whiskey, Manhattan Finish and Rum Cask Finish. Sagamore Spirit Sherry Finish Rye Whiskey is available nationwide in 750-ml bottles at a suggested retail price of $79.