Sagamore Spirit Releases A Tequila Cask Finish Rye Whiskey

By Allyson Nichols / April 17, 2021

Baltimore-based Sagamore Spirit recently announced the release of its new limited-edition Distiller’s Select Tequila Finish rye whiskey, just in time for the countdown to Cinco de Mayo.

Bottled at 98 proof, the new release has been finished in Extra Añejo tequila barrels, allowing for what’s described as hints of agave, citrus, spice, warm oak and vanilla on the nose, and even more agave, peppercorn, fig and orange to taste, according to official tasting notes.

Extra Añejo is a newer sub-category that requires tequila to be aged for at least three years in oak barrels. Said to be kin to rye whiskey’s aging process, Extra Añejo tequila interacts with the barrel staves longer. When it came time to select barrels for the Select Tequila Finish, Sagamore Spirit’s team of distillers sought out casks that had nurtured tequila in such a way and had aged both Añejo and Extra Añejo tequila for at least seven years.

Distiller's Select Tequila Finish

Sagamore Spirit Distiller’s Select Tequila Finish (image via Sagamore Spirit)

The Select Tequila Finish is part of the Sagamore Spirit Reserve Series, a collection of limited-edition Maryland-style rye whiskies aged in barrels that formerly aged other spirits, wines, or beers. The new release joins Manhattan Finish, Rye Ale Finish (aged in Sierra Nevada beer barrels) and Calvados Finish.

“Melding a full-bodied rye whiskey with tequila may sound like a risky move, but our distilling team welcomes risks that can bring big rewards,” Sagamore Spirit’s president Brian Treacy said in a prepared statement. “Like Maryland-style rye, tequila has a history that’s deeply rooted in a sense of place, so to us, this union made perfect sense. The end result perfectly captures what’s special about each spirit to give fans of both spirits something unexpected, seasonal and full of flavor – just in time for warmer weather.”

Available for a limited time, Sagamore Spirit Distiller’s Select Tequila Finish is available nationwide at a suggested retail price of $69. Official tasting notes make mention of rich agave and sweet notes of honey paired with bitter orange, dried fig with floral notes. Spicy peppercorn creates a lasting finish.