45% ABV, 750 ml, Batch 1A
"Leave it to distillers and brewers to turn a legal conversation into a cross-country barrel partnership. Sagamore Spirit, meet Sierra Nevada. Rich cocoa on the nose, with notes of creamy caramel and hazelnut to taste."
Brewbound: "Sagamore Spirit finished a blend of six-year-old and four-year-old straight rye whiskies in barrels that first aged Sagamore Spirit rye, and then Sierra Nevada’s prized red ale. The result is a one of a kind rye, revealing rich cocoa on the nose, with notes of creamy caramel and hazelnut to taste.
It’s a case of what goes around, comes around – in the best of ways – that gave rise to two limited releases. Last year, Sierra Nevada finished its red ale, made with Maryland-grown malted rye, in spent Sagamore Spirit barrels. The result was a complex, one-of-a-kind craft ale. Sierra Nevada then shipped those same barrels back to Sagamore Spirit. The Baltimore distillers filled the twice-used barrels with straight rye whiskey to finish for an additional 10 months. The collaboration initially came about when a discussion about trademarks turned into a barrel-aging brainstorm – the fruits of which have now been fully realized.
The limited-edition whiskey, at 90 proof, marks the first release from Sagamore Spirit’s new “Brewer’s Select” line, signifying whiskies that are beer barrel-finished for unique taste experiences, each starting from the Maryland-style rye that the distillery is at the vanguard of reviving."