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.
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.