Rye whiskey has a long ol' history in the USA, with a few places in particular singled out in rye's journey, including Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. The Maryland-style of rye has struggled on the verge of extinction in recent decades, but Sagamore Spirit is one of a few producers choosing to make this sweeter style of rye. The Signature Rye is made with a sourced combination of two rye whiskeys from Indiana, brought down to bottling strength with limestone-filtered water from Sagamore Farm. Not quite a dry and spicy as the rye whiskeys that you may be familiar with, but it offers up a lip-smacking sweetness that makes for easy sipping, and works great in cocktails.
Nose: Honeyed grains, milky coffee, cinnamon gum and a soft hint of peppery oak.
Palate: Chewy dates and candied peels, with pistachio ice cream and nutmeg to follow.
Finish: Lasting vanilla, a hint of drying cedar and more honey.
-- Masters of Malt