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.
Abv: 101 proof
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