Sagamore Spirit is on a mission: putting Maryland back on the Whiskey map.
When award-winning Sagamore Spirit opened its waterfront distillery’s doors and fired up its copper stills, it had two things in mind: turn out rye that would put Maryland back on the whiskey-making map, and create a destination to delight and educate spirits lovers from near and far. One year, two million pounds of milled grain, and 30,000 visitors later, the plan is well ahead of schedule.
Sagamore Straight Rye was rated 95/100 in The Tasting Panel Magazine, 2017, "an exquisite nose of peach and jasmine with additional tones of spiced apricot nectar, caramel cream, tobacco leaf and orange rind present in taste as well… "
The taste harkens back to the 19th century, when Maryland farmers discovered the benefits of distilling whiskey from the distinctive grain — perfect neat or in their signature Black-Eyed Rye Cocktail.
SmartAss corner: The water that comes straight up from a limestone spring at the farm reportedly fuels the local race horses that are said to be winners.
I prefer aged whiskeys so I found this one too simplified...a bit more bite than I care for and just OK. Complexity just not there for me.
Really smooth and lice the Carmel. Making me a Rye fan for sure
Very smooth, almost sweet tasting. The caramel notes really came through, and i really love the spiceness.
A unique rye that’s delicious and complex. Totally took my be surprise!
Very smooth and palatable. The Spicy and Caramel notes are noticeable/present. Recommend drinking with whiskey rocks and not ice so as not to miss the more subtle notes. Nice color, too. Would definitely order/drink again.
Very smooth, with a little spice. Really nice.
I’m a big fan of rye whiskey. Frankly, it’s my favorite of the family. This whiskey was dangerously smooth with sweet, fruity notes. I think that’s a thing? I don’t really care I guess, I really love rye whiskey and this one was great!
Fine....flavor seemed to be a little flat
Smooth straight or on the rocks , which really opened it up
Quite nice. Smooth finish and seemed to have a little bit of a cheery tone. Not as spicy as I expected based on other reviews.
Smooth and spicy. Love it!
Love every sip. Powerful flavor with honey notes and a soft, smooth mouth feel. Hard to believe it's 41.5%
This rye reduction goes great in the homemade BBQ sauces. The spicy notes in this drink is quite prominent and a small gulp warms you right away. I can see this a good sipper during late fall or early winter. I had this neat and probably won't do that again because of high spice notes.
reminds me of Jack
A whiskey with a nice clean flavor with some spice to it.
Warm, smooth with great balance of sweetness and spice. Great neat or in a Manhattan.
Nice spicy sipping rye.
I really liked the flavor of this Rye. It was very smooth which made it easy to drink alone, or in my old fashion
Clean tasty Rye. Some spicy notes. Good value. Drinking with just a splash of water.
Definitely one of the best ryes I've ever had. Smooth and tasty.
A bit bland
A little spicy, but had a pleasant taste overall. Enjoyed poured over 1 large ice cube.
The nose has lots of vanilla with a hint of spice. Slight edge on the tongue but strong undercurrents of apricot and vanilla. Not over-powering. Overall very easy to drink and enjoyable.
Very smooth....great neat or with cocktails.
I really liked it - very flavorful and smooth!
I really liked it. It was very smooth and easy to drink.
It’s ok but not something I would buy on my own. Mellow taste, but not overly flavorful.
This is smooth and a nice whiskey, but it is missing the spice and finish of a more traditional rye. Seemed to lend to sweetness, more like a bourbon.
Very drinkable. Would buy again.
My new favorite. Smooth and lovely.
Easy and approachable rye.
Smooth? Yes. Decent flavor? Yes. Will it knock your socks off? Definitely not. ...middle of the road rye.
Sweeter than anticipated which was a surprise to be sure, but a welcomed one. That rating was for both my Star Wars and whiskey enthusiasts.
If all Rey whiskey is as harsh as this one, then you can count me out on future tastings. It was better after being allowed to breathe, but water was still needed in order to cut the bite. Not for me.
Really enjoyable sipping whiskey.
Tasty rye. Smooth, not too sweet. With ice, more flavors presented themselves. I’ll buy it again. The bottle itself is a near shape too👍🏻
I don’t care for rye bread but wanted to try. Not for me. Light rye taste on the palette. Added water made pretty good but I really hate rye.
This Whiskey is fantastic. A wonderful first choice for the club membership. Had to stop myself before i finished it all in one evening.
I purchased this as a show of support for small distilleries, and I was pleasantly rewarded! This is easy and satisfying to sip, with a smooth texture and layered taste. Perfect for a warm weather rye-on-the-rocks kind of day.
a bit too medicine like for my taste. Didn't enjoy it as much as I do my go to Knob creek. I usually drink old fashioneds. Perhaps neat or with ice I'd like it more but...
Neat the flavors are quite mellow. With a couple of ice cubes, the flavors open up and have more depth. Slightly smokey, but more sweet and notes of vanilla and brown sugar.
Really enjoyed this. Smooth and easy to grink.
A little smoky. Smooth.
Good sipping whiskey. Pleasant neat.
Very smooth.. one of the best Brandys I’ve had
I don't think that this bottle is a Brandy, it tends to lean more towards the Rye whiskey style.
It is a good rye for someone like me who generally don’t like ryes
I really was surprised how good this was, especially for the price. I will keep this one on hand as my go to.
Very smooth great sipping whiskey not harsh no afterburn highly recommend will buy again
I thought it was a decent tasting Rye. It has a strong rye flavor, for me it was slightly sweet with a spicy warm finish.
Nothing mind blowing, but decent spice and easy drinking both neat and in an old fashioned. I'd buy it again.
Great for a Manhattan! Really enjoyed it.
Makes a nice old fashioned, sweet and smooth.
Just not my style.
Smooth, mild rye. Good for sipping.
Fairly smooth, flavorful Rye. A hint of sweetness to it makes it a pleasurable sipping Rye. Not a top-end Rye, but a solid everyday beverage.
VERY smooth. A great sipping drink when enjoying a cigar with friends
A good flavored Rye. Easy to drink alone or blended.
Just wait for it!
Surprisingly delicious! Spicy and just slightly sweet. Excellent straight and it makes a killer Manhattan or old fashioned.
Nice smooth on the rocks rye.
It was OK! Probably just not my taste was all. Nothing wrong with it I just don't drink much RYE!
I was really good! Very smooth with very little burnt oak. The Rye has always been my favorite
Just got this as my first bottle with Flaviar and I’m very pleased. Excellent, smooth drink. Looking forward to finishing this bottle!
Very smooth, but with a strong cherry/tobacco flavor. Very good rye.
Not the biggest fan. Isn’t bad but just wasn’t great
Very smooth, don't love Rye Whiskeys but this one is quite pleasant.
Smooth and flavorful.
Good and smooth. Has a very distinct aftertaste
Very smooth for a rye, a touch of sweet on the tongue, with the burn on the way down.
I'm new to Rye whisky so this is my first, I think it's delicious regardless that I haven't had any other Rye to compare it to. I think it is very smooth with a little spice to it.
Wonderful aroma and taste. Shared it with family who were very impressed!
Never really tried a good Rye, this is a nice sipper with a moderate spice. Enjoying it so far.
Very good for a standard rye whisky. Very smooth and drinkable. No ice or water needed. Neat all the way.
A beautiful aroma and very smooth with just enough sweetness. A very drinkable rye
It was nice for the money, but not as smoothe as my Basil Hayden dark Rye or Angels Envy Rye.
Very smooth, I really enjoyed for being a Vodka girl.
For a rye, which I normally don't go out of my way to drink, this is rye is really good. Super smooth and a nice immediate flavor you can enjoy. As a traditional straight bourbon drinker, I believe this rye is up there as a contender to some of my all time favorite whiskeys.
WOW, hard to put these flavors anx enjoyments in words. Great on the rocks dressed as an old Fashion or just a splash of water
Decent whiskey. A good rye for those new to this spirit. It gives you hints of the unique spice of rye without overpowering the palate. Get it. Your guests will like it.
I like this and I am usually a scotch drinker and with some friends bourbon.
It comes across to me as light and fruity, my first taste of rye.
My wife, daughter and I tasted this versus Sazerac, our house rye. We felt this one was good, but still like Sazerac a little better. Have nt tried it that way yet but expect it to make a mean Old Fashioned.
Strong on the palate with heat and oak. Mellows into a even finish with hints of vanilla. A good sipping whiskey.
Must be neat, water/ice destroys the wonderful taste
What a surprise on this Whiskey. Did not expect it to be that good honestly. I mean a Maryland (no offense) take on a Bourbon?? This is a great Rye whiskey, and can be drank either on a block/sphere or used to make a great cocktail.
Mixes wonderfully in cola and has a caramel coffee taste in the right ratio, def recommend for someone with a mellow sweet tooth
One of my favorite rye whiskeys. Very smooth yet complex to the end. This one I will be buying again soon. It has a permanent spot in my home bar.
Smooth, balanced and very drinkable. An excellent sipping rye
Smooth nose with a hint of fruitiness on the back end.
Normally not a rye drinker but this was really smooth. No bite. Not spicy at all; rather, a Full bodied drink with oak and vanilla scents. My go to is normally scotch. But this will definitely become a staple in my home bar.
Not normally a rye drinker thought it was smooth and had a nice finish .
Pleasant and balanced Rye. Enjoyable finish.
Smooth and perfect for a Manhattan!
My favorite straight rye whiskey so far.
Not usually a big fan of rye, but this is smooth. There is no after bite. The smell of the cork does not disappoint or mislead the taste.
Very good with a cigar. Complements the tobacco with a spicy flavor. Very good and has a great finish. Before Flaviar, I never considered this as a whiskey I would keep in my bar, but now it will become a staple.
Smooth and sophisticated. Definitely a change of pace from standard rye fare, but in a great way. Could be a bit of an acquired taste, but a taste worth acquiring.
This Rye tastes wonderful. Drink it straight up or on the rocks. You can’t loose either way.
Solid. Amazed the non whiskey drinkers at the holiday party. Will definitely be buying another bottle for myself.
Fabulous, live it, just what I had hoped. I will buy more!
Very good! Will definitely buy this again.
This is full bodied rye. It’s got an good nose and finishes well without a lot of the rye burn.
Very good. Smooth. Spicy finish.
I'm not much for Rye, but this one is smooth and enjoyable. The hint of Jasmine was a nice change and very noticeable on the front, with the spice coming in on the finish. I'll likely keep this one rotating on the shelf. Cool bottle too.
Not a huge rye fan, normally a scotch drinker, but this is very, very good. Smooth, sweet attack with a mild palette, and a subtle rye finish. I am likely to order another bottle of this after receiving it as a freebie from a referral. Good stuff. 8/10
If you’re a fan of rye you’ll enjoy this one. All the flavor from a rye you’d want with a good finish and not too much going on. Easy drinker with minimal bite
Amazingly smooth for a rye. Great flavor. Unfortunately I finish this bottle with friends in one sitting so I will definitely be purchasing another.
Just usual... no complexity
I like this rye. Had nice oak and caramel notes straight out of the bottle. I found it really smoothed out and opened up well with one ice cube... I even noticed some fruitiness once it opened up. Nice rye.
Nice , a friendly rye with taste and character. Very drinkable a tad sweet but A great sip. I will keep this one in “the rotation “
a sweet rye, or - spicy bourbon? Sagamore splits the hair to perfection.
No matter what...can't help but enjoy this surprising sipper.
Great Rye from the charm city.
Pretty good sipping rye
Nice finish, smooth sipper
Very balanced. Easy to drink. Just the right amount of spice I was looking for. Minimal burn.
Smooth for a rye whiskey
Smooth & comfortable. Not overpowering. Enjoyed it.
Way too hot, destroyed my taste buds for the night and was not particularly satisfying. Best used in a cocktail.
I loved the rich smooth play of the flavors and has been a great way to start my life with Whisky 🥃!
Light and sweet; most favorable of 3 ryes tried this evening.
I gave this as a gift and it was a hit. Yes, of course it was shared. We both like whisky and this was a pleasure to drink.
This was my first real adventure into rye whiskey... I was expecting it to be harsher and “spicier” than it was. I was pleasantly surprised that it was sweet and smooth and every other thing you want a nice whiskey to be.
Mixed with Coke and was surprised how well it blended.
The Rye went down smoothly with a sweet smell of vanilla.
Overall decent, but nothing jumped out. Very smooth, but didn't really have any prominent taste.
Sharp, warm finish, good oak balance, soft enough of a cherry finish that you don’t even think about it until later. Well charred and very light tannin accents.
A lot smoother than I expected. Rye's usually punch me in the face. This one still brought some burn, but offered a lot of back end flavor.
I like the bite of pepper at the beginning. Very tasty finish.
Light golden color, I taste a lot of spice, some caramel and vanilla . I'm a bourbon drinker, but good enough to spur my curiosity with ryes.
New to Rye. Nice smooth vanilla whiskey.
Nice flavor. Pretty strong
Pretty good, tastes a little spicy in a good way. Not very sweet. A classic rye.
Much more flavor and complexity compared with other rye whiskeys. A nice addition
Truly surprised with the great flavor and quality. Highly recommend for those who have never tried rye.
Delicious! It has the spiciness that I expect from a rye, but much smoother than I'm used to. Could easily be a sipping whiskey
Nice rye alternative.
Great taste. Very smooth. One of my new go to bourbons.
It was a nice change up!
I find this easy-sipping. Not as full-flavored as some other rye’s i have tried. Not sure that this is one i would keep around all the time. BUT, it is easy to drink and good intro to rye.
Spicy on the front a bit of a harsh finish but a did Rye overall
Lovely, mild, not overwhelming, but very tasty and clean.
The nose on this rye is absolutely incredible (vanilla, spice, and, yes, jasmine). The taste is not quite as sweet as I expected given the nose, but wonderful nonetheless and quite well-balanced. I got this as a welcome bottle when I signed up (I might not otherwise have tried it)...but I will definitely have this again. I also love the bottle design and shape. I can't wait to try more from Sagamore Spirit.
Another MGP product, but pleasant enough. Not a lot of complexity, a bit sweet for a rye, but totally quaffable.
Tastes a little thin to me. Prefer the cask strength. Good for mixed drinks.
I'm just now getting into rye. I'm more of a bourbon guy, but I really like this. Very Sweet taste with a light spice undertone. I'm also not a pro Whiskey taster.
Tasty Rye, easy drinking with a great sweetness without losing the true Rye quality. Great for Manhattans.
A very good drinking rye whiskey . Light on the rye with little to no burn. Its not going to knock your socks off, but I don’t it was made for that. Its just an inexpensive enjoyable daily drink.
Great Rye Whiskey from Maryland. Spice balance is complemented by the subtle notes of fruit. Brought me back to being a RYE fan.
Good for Maryland distillers attempting to reclaim the Rye! This is a worthwhile entry, spicy and flavor forward but a little light on the palate.