Review #215: Sagamore Spirit Cognac Finish

For part 6 of the finished whiskey we’ll be tasting a second Cognac finished rye. Sagamore Spirits is a distillery out of Maryland who is sourcing MGP while their own stocks come to age. Each year they release a finished variation and the 2019 release was a Cognac Finish. I first tried it at Whiskies of the World in Austin and went and grabbed a bottle the next week.

I also have a blind tasting video for this vs a High West Barrel Select vs a homemade cognac and rye blend.


Sagamore Spirit Cognac Finish

Age: NAS

Abv: 101 proof

Price: $62


Nose: Sweet and herbaceous with faint rye spice and hints of oak.

Taste: Very similar to the nose with MGP herbal notes and a nice fruity sweetness. Solid mouthfeel for the proof.

Finish: Medium length finish with rye spice, herbal notes and oak


The Cognac comes through much stronger on this bottle than the High West Barrel Select we looked at last time. That I said I preferred the High West but it was close. With how much more available this bottle is it’s an easy recommendation for folks wanting to try a good Cognac finished rye. Needless to say the home blend of cognac and rye whiskey was not as good as the actual finished ones.


TL;DR: More cognac than the HW, almost as good

8 - an excellent bottle I’d like to have at home

Fair - Worth the money, happy with my purchase



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