Sagamore Spirit Launches Second Release of Manhattan Finish Rye Whiskey

Baltimore-based Sagamore Spirit announced the return of a fan favorite: Sagamore Manhattan Finish Rye Whiskey, first released in limited quantities in 2020 to high acclaim. 

Bottled at a substantial 103 proof, the 2024 release deconstructs the flavors of a Manhattan cocktail, finishing 4-year-old straight rye whiskey in separate vermouth, bitters, and cherry brandy barrels for a minimum of 20 months for a unique finish with pronounced traits of a Manhattan cocktail. The result is a full-bodied whiskey rich in spice, herbaceous notes, bright cherry, vanilla, honey, and a touch of dryness at the finish that keeps the full-bodied character of Sagamore Spirit’s Maryland rye wholly intact. Sagamore Manhattan Finish pairs perfectly with amaro, bitters, and Sagamore’s whiskey cherries for a rye-forward Black Manhattan cocktail, or it can be savored on its own.

“The original idea for Manhattan Finish back in 2020 challenged us to fully deconstruct the flavors of a Manhattan to create a full-proof whiskey that leaves you with a parting kiss of the cocktail,” said Ryan Norwood, VP of operations at Sagamore Spirit. “Manhattans have become even more popular since then, so we knew it was time to bring back this delicious, limited-edition rye expression.” 

Manhattan Finish is the newest release in Sagamore Spirit’s Reserve Series, which celebrates the legacy of Maryland distilling with an unyielding focus on excellence from start to finish. Like all of its innovations, including the recently released Sagamore Port Finish (originally named “World’s Best Rye Whiskey” by the San Francisco World Spirits Competition), this latest release offers a balanced and versatile yet bold and complex flavor.

Sagamore Manhattan Finish Rye Whiskey is now available at an SRP of $79.99 at its Baltimore-based distillery and in select markets nationwide. For more information, visit

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