Sagamore Spirit Distillery opens with free weekend tours

WASHINGTON — Under Armour founder Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Spirit Distillery opens to the public on April 21 with free, hourlong tasting tours through Sunday.

The whiskey distillery sits on five waterfront acres in Baltimore’s Port Covington. The 22,000-square-foot distillery building includes what Sagamore Spirit says is the world’s only handmade 40-foot, mirror-finished copper column still, made by Vendome Copper in Louisville, Kentucky.

A separate, 27,000-square-foot processing building holds the bottling line and 10 of these 1,000-gallon proofing tanks.

The distillery also trucks water 22 miles from Sagamore Farm, a historic thoroughbred horse racing farm built on a shelf of limestone rock.

“Limestone water really makes for some of the best rye whiskey you can have,” President Brian Treacy told WTOP when last year’s first batch was released.

In May 2016, the first batch of Sagamore Spirit’s rye whiskey was released from a temporary distillery while the Port Covington distillery was built.

Sagamore Spirit Straight Rye Whiskey is an 83-proof blend of a high rye and a low rye, barrel-aged for two years.

After this weekend, tours will be $15 per person. Sagamore Spirit says it expects 100,000 visitors a year.

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