Editor's Choice Issue Four Peggy Noe Stevens Susan Reigler Tastings

Sagamore Spirit – Rye Straight Whiskey

Sagamore Spirit
Rye Straight Whiskey
Sagamore Spirit

Proof: 112.2
ABV: 56.1%
Style: Rye
State: MD
Price: $$

Peggy Noe Stevens – 8.9 

Nose: Pecan and caramel, with hints of vanilla. Warm sage, rosemary and black pepper with some oak and florals.  

Palate: Wonderfully layered with charming spices and wood character. Crisp and clean with a dense complexity that brings out sweetness.

Finish: Eases into the finish with dangling spice notes and layers of caramel.

Comment: Classy and finessed intensity. Curl up with a book and pour this not so shy rye.

Susan Reigler – 9.0

Nose: Rye spice with caraway. Some sweet new leather and vanilla are present, too. 

Palate: Dark cherries and vanilla at the center, which includes some milk chocolate. They are all united  with assertive rye spice.

Finish: Warmth lingers throughout the mouth and migrates to the chest for a spicy snuggle. 

Comment: A lovely example of an American rye. Add an ice cube to moderate the heat (though it is smooth served neat) and to amplify the cherry fruit.

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