American By Nino Marchetti / September 18, 2019 The rise of Maryland-based Sagamore Spirit as a regional whiskey distillery got an initial big boost back in mid-2017 when the brand opened the doors of its then new five acre campus to the public. A pet project of billionaire and Under Armour Kevin Plank, the product line has moved well beyond the basic rye whiskey it is known for to include a range of cask finishes over the years. One of the latest of these is a cognac cask finished expression.The Sagamore Spirit Cognac Finish Rye Whiskey, according to those behind it, was initially aged for four years in charred, American white oak barrels. It was then finished in ex-French cognac barrels for an additional eight months before being bottled at 101 proof.The base Sagamore Spirit rye whiskey, for those unfamiliar with it, is the result of blending two different rye mash bills – a high rye and a low rye – that then has added to it limestone-filtered spring water transported 22 miles from Sagamore Farm, to create an 83 proof Maryland-style rye whiskey.Sagamore Spirit Cognac Finish Rye Whiskey (image via Sagamore Spirit)“We know our two-mash-bill blend makes our Straight Rye Whiskey unique to start – and our team of distillers enjoys experimenting with barrels imported from famed spirits regions,” said Brian Treacy, president of Sagamore Spirit, in a prepared statement. “We get the finest finishing flavors to explore with while maintaining what makes Maryland-style rye special and approachable.”This is said to be the second batch of the cognac finished rye to have been released, and it is also the first Sagamore release since the distillery netted widespread recognition for its Port Finish limited time offering, which won “World’s Best Rye Whiskey” at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It is pricing around $70 per 750 ml bottle.