30-06-2014

Fireworks

Welcome to July!  Happy Birthday, America!

And WHAT could be more American than hand-crafted whisky?  We go together like Mom and apple pie! (And both Mom and apple pie could use a slug or two of Roundstone Rye from time to time-- am I right?)

We're very happy to have summer fully upon us.  We have so many events planned this month, it's almost hard to keep up!  Have a look below and join us at the distillery soon!

Great Reviews in June for Roundstone Rye and Mosby's Spirit

In June, we received two FANTASTIC reviews from Whisky Bible and Whisky Advocate, two of the world's leading authorities on all things whisky.

Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014 (10th Anniversary Edition), reviewed Roundstone Rye Cask Proof (batch B12E1), and scored it an 88.5!  The review, as these tend to be, was all over the place, like a big happy golden retriever puppy:  The rye is chaotic, unexpected, youthful, crazy, and yet, still totally loveable:

"A truly huge rye... Through a combination of sheer delicious belligerence and chutzpah has your taste buds swooning. Great fun!"

Lew Bryson, in the summer 2014 issue of Whisky Advocate, (re-)reviews Mosby's Spirit, our beautiful unaged rye spirit, and gives it a score of 82:

"The second craft rye I'm revisiting. Mosby's is still 100% organic rye and unaged, but the nose is more fun: some green pear and melon esters in there with the grassy rye spice. It's nicely smooth on the tongue, delivers exactly what the nose promised, plus a shot of fresh-cracked black pepper...and a much longer finish these days. Greatly improved; a good white whisky."

Dinner at Catoctin Creek

DessertHave you seen this dinner for a while now, and thought about coming?  Now's the time to join us!  Everyone who's ever come has an amazing time and is delighted with the dinner and cocktail pairings.  Here is the menu to tempt you further (yes, there will also be cocktails!):

Summer Roll of 5 Spice Roasted Duck and Shrimp,
Rice Noodle and Summer Vegetable Salad, Sweet Soy and Ginger Gastrique
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Our Panzanella Salad with Fresh Baked Foccacia:
Red Onions, Arugula, Roasted Red Peppers, Local Tomatoes and Basil Puree
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Cajun Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
Wild Rice Pilaf with Lothar’s Andouille Sausage and Fresh Corn, Slow Roasted Pork Belly in Fennel Chutney Glaze
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Rustic Tart of Roasted Local Peaches,
With Ricotta and Lemon, Cinnamon-Vanilla Chantilly Cream

Find out more at http://catoctincreekdistilling.com/events/820-catoctin-cocktail-dinner.

Guest Bartender Series - Donato Alvarez from Sixth Engine

Donato AlvarezIn July, we welcome Donato Alvarez of Sixth Engine to our tasting room.  We are now in our seventh month of this Second Saturday tradition.  Each month, we invite one guest bartender from around the area to join us for a day to highlight three special cocktails using Catoctin Creek spirits. Tastings that day will include these wonderful creations for the regular price of $10 per flight, and Donato will be available most of the day for people to meet him, ask him questions, and generally have a great time!

What: Guest Bartender Series - Donato Alvarez
Where: Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main St.
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Saturday, July 12, 2014
12:00pm - 4:00pm-ish
Price: $10 for a flight of three cocktail tastings

 

Upcoming Events

There are a variety of great events planned for the month that should prove entertaining and educational:

  • July 12 - Guest Bartender - We welcome Donato Alvarez from Sixth Engine to our tasting room!
  • July 14 - Sip & Sew - Local artisans team up, or "sewing under the influence!"
  • July 18 - Loudoun Chamber Mixer - Meet fellow businesses while sipping a cocktail and enjoying light snacks in our tasting room.
  • July 18 - Buncearoo Concert - We present Taylor Carson!  Live!
  • July 25 - Dinner at the Distillery - Our ever popular monthly dinner!  Join us!

For the full list of events, check our events page.

Cocktail of the Month – Rye Tye

Rye TyeThis was the feature cocktail by Catoctin Creek at the RAMMYS 2014.  We were honored to have been named finalists in the Best Producer category, and to celebrate, Chad Robinson created a specialty cocktail just for the event.  Think Mai Tai but with rye!   You'd never guess there wasn't rum in this drink!

1 oz Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
1 oz Catoctin Creek Mosby's Spirit
¾ oz lime juice
½ oz Pierre Ferrand dry Curaçao
¼ oz Fee Brothers Orgeat syrup
¼ part rich simple syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water)
Mint and lime garnish

Shake ingredients together and strain into an ice filled glass.  Garnish with lime and a sprig of mint.

Courtesy Chad Robinson.

See this cocktail and over one hundred more on our cocktails page.

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

06-06-2014

Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014 (10th Anniversary Edition), reviews Roundstone Rye Cask Proof (batch B12E1), and scores it an 88.5!  The review, as these tend to be, is all over the place, like a big happy golden retriever puppy:  The rye is chaotic, unexpected, youthful, crazy, and yet, still totally loveable:

A truly huge rye... Through a combination of sheer delicious belligerence and chutzpah has your taste buds swooning. Great fun!
05-06-2014

Lew Bryson, in the summer 2014 issue of Whisky Advocate, (re-)reviews Mosby's Spirit, our beautiful unaged rye spirit, and gives it a score of 82:

The second craft rye I'm revisiting.  Mosby's is still 100% organic rye and unaged, but the nose is more fun: some green pear and melon esters in there with the grassy rye spice.  It's nicely smooth on the tongue, delivers exactly what the nose promised, plus a shot of fresh-cracked black pepper...and a much longer finish these days.  Greatly improved; a good white whisky.

Lew also reviewed the Roundstone Rye Cask Proof (batch B12E1), but he didn't find it as pleasing as we do, scoring it a 77.  Being honest, the review disappointed us, especially considering the last review from Whisky  Advocate was clamoring for more age, and now that we have it, they consider it over-oaked.  We truly struggle to see how a whisky that is less than two years old could be over-oaked in 30 gallon barrels.  Anyhow, in the interest of transparency, here is that review, for what it's worth:

Single barrel, cask proof.  Strong wood aromas; pencil shavings, hot-sawn oak.  Hot and tight, intense wood.  There's some interesting stuff around the edges, but the wood's blocking it till some sweetness peeks through at the end.  Water helps a little, but not enough.  Over-barreled.
31-05-2014

Welcome to June!

Roundstone Rye 92We've had a very busy May at Catoctin Creek.  We shipped more in May than we've ever shipped before, especially since our new Roundstone Rye 92 Proof has been released.  The response to the new spirit has been fantastic, and we're really excited to be bringing this one to you on a regular basis!

The new Roundstone Rye 92 Proof is very much a sibling to its 80 proof version, but the newest expression comes from barrels carefully chosen from our rickhouse.  The tasting notes combine the typical caramel, flan and leather notes with a distinct flavor of citrus (grapefruit, perhaps?).  Whether you enjoy it neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail, we're sure the Roundstone Rye 92 Proof is sure to be a favorite!

 

Guest Bartender Series - Trevor Frye from Jack Rose

Trevor FryeIn June, we welcome Trevor Frye from Jack Rose to our tasting room.  We are now in our sixth month of this series, and the response it as hot as ever! 

Each month, we invite one guest bartender from around the area to join us for a day to highlight three special cocktails using Catoctin Creek spirits. Tastings that day will include these wonderful creations for the regular price of $10 per flight, and Trevor will be available most of the day for people to meet him, ask questions, and generally have a great time!

More coolness of the city coming out to visit us in Loudoun County!

On Saturday, June 21st, during our normal business hours, Trevor will be with us in the Catoctin Creek tasting room.  He will only be here one time, so don't miss this!!

What: Guest Bartender Series - Trevor Frye
Where: Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main St.
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Saturday, June 21, 2014
12:00pm - 4:00pm-ish
Price: $10 for a flight of three cocktail tastings

 

Upcoming Events

There are a variety of great events planned for the month that should prove entertaining and educational:

For the full list of events, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Ginger Martini

Ginger Martini2 oz Mosby’s Spirit
1 oz Ginger syrup*
½ oz lemon juice
½ oz lime juice
½ oz pineapple juice
Red wine of your choice (use a pour spout)

Combine Mosby’s Spirit, ginger syrup, & juices in a shaker with ice. Pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish by slowly rimming the glass with the red wine.

*Ginger syrup

1 cup sugar
1 ½ cups water
½ cup ginger, peeled, diced & muddled.

Combine all ingredients in a small pot & bring to a boil, remove from heat & let steep for 30 minutes. Strain. Keep in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Cocktail courtesy Jamie Imhof, Wildwood Kitchen.

See this cocktail and over one hundred more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

(Images courtesy S. Harris, E. Landsman, and Catoctin Creek Distilling Company)

01-05-2014

Spring is HereWelcome to May!

Oh, happy day!  Snow is finally gone, and gone for good!!  Bring on the warm weather, outdoor picnics, frisbee weather, and some cool Catoctin Creek cocktails.

We've got spring fever here, and got it bad!  If you do too, come on out to the tasting room and join us for a tasting and a tour!  And take home a bottle or two for that picnic at your own place!

 

Cocktail Course to Benefit the Arcaida Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture

Sazeracs at Catoctin CreekThe simple cocktail is a mixture of spirits, sugar, fruit and water. Following a private tour through Catoctin Creek's historic, nearly 100 year old building and newly expanded distillery, you'll learn the art of mixology first with classic cocktails, then more contemporary and unusual ones, paired with simple, elegant eats. And, we'll show you how to make bitters -- the latest darling of bartenders everywhere. The class will be led by Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek, and Emily Landsman, brand ambassador who together will man the shakers to produce some lovely cocktails for the evening.

What: Arcadia Master Course: Cocktail Culture
Where: Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main Street
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Saturday, May 3, 2014
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Price: Arcadia members: $58/person
Non-members: $65

 

 

Guest Bartender Series - Jamie Imhoff from Wildwood Kitchen

Jamie ImhoffIn May, we welcome Jamie Imhoff of Wildwood Kitchen to our tasting room.  We are now in our fifth month of this Second Saturday tradition.  Each month, we invite one guest bartender from around the area to join us for a day to highlight three special cocktails using Catoctin Creek spirits. Tastings that day will include these wonderful creations for the regular price of $10 per flight, and Jamie will be available most of the day for people to meet her, ask her questions, and generally have a great time!

More coolness of the city coming out to visit us in P'ville!

On Saturday, May 10th, during our normal business hours, Jamie Imhoff will be with us in the Catoctin Creek tasting room.  Jamie will only be here one time, so don't miss this!!

What: Guest Bartender Series - Jamie Imhoff
Where: Catoctin Creek Distillery
120 W. Main St.
Purcellville, Virginia
When: Saturday, May 10, 2014
12:00pm - 4:00pm-ish
Price: $10 for a flight of three cocktail tastings

 

 

Announcing... Roundstone Rye 92 Proof!

Distillery Pushes to Diversify Portfolio with Raised Proof Option from Hand-Selected Barrels

Roundstone Rye 92Beginning in May, Catoctin Creek has announced that it will release a new higher-proof expression of Roundstone Rye at 92 proof.  Unlike the cask proof variant which is released only a few times per year, Roundstone Rye 92 will be a new regular offering from the celebrated Purcellville distillery.

"The release of a premium, 92-proof version of their award-winning 80-proof Roundstone Rye Whisky, hitting shelves in May, is recognizably Roundstone but intensified, with the caramel, maple, and spice tones highlighted and pumped up into something richer," noted M. Carrie Allan, spirits writer for the Washington Post. (See the full article in the Post, here.)

This whisky is the culmination of several years of planning.  "For a few years now, we've been putting whisky away for storage," remarked Becky Harris, Chief Distiller and President of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.  "We pulled some of the more interesting barrels from the back of the barn and decided to release these at a higher proof:  a whisky specially curated for flavor, while still being remarkably smooth, as is our existing 80 proof Roundstone."

"We are very excited about this new product," said Scott Harris, Founder and General Manager of Catoctin Creek.  "We discussed this new product with customers like Jack Rose Whisky Saloon, The Passenger, and our distributors, and all agreed that this would be a great new product for the distillery.  And what's cool, since we're a small distillery, we can be responsive to this kind of market input."

At 92 proof (46% ABV), "Roundstone Rye 92" will be available in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and New York in May.  As with all the whisky at Catoctin Creek, Roundstone Rye 92 is certified organic and kosher.  Suggested retail price is $52.99 for a 750 ml bottle.  Though an exact date hasn't been set, bottles will be available at the distillery approximately May 17th.

 

Upcoming Events

There are a variety of great events planned for the month that should prove entertaining and educational:

For the full list of events, check our events page.

 

Cocktail of the Month – Virginia Coffee

Virginia Coffee1½ oz Roundstone Rye
1½ oz coffee concentrate* (We recommend using beans from local roaster Lucas Roasting Company, available at the distillery too!)
1½ oz milk (2% works best. You can use whole, but I'd avoid 1% or skim)
½ to ¾ oz rich turbinado syrup**

Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass with fresh ice. Garnish with whole coffee beans.

*Coffee concentrate

2 cups of water
3½ oz ground coffee

Gently stir water and coffee in a jar with a tight fitting lid and refrigerate for 12-15 hours. Strain through 3 layers of cheesecloth and allow it to drip for several minutes. Next, strain a second time through a coffee filter. Keep refrigerated.

(To use as coffee, add equal amounts of boiling water and room temperature concentrate in a coffee mug.)

*Rich syrup

2 cups turbinado sugar, like Sugar in the Raw, or demerara sugar
1 cup water

Gently bring to a boil so the sugar dissolves and then allow to cool. Keep refrigerated.

See this cocktail and over one hundred more on our cocktails page.

 

In Closing...

As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We do tours and tastings every day, so stop by and see us sometime!

Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

(Images courtesy S. Harris, E. Landsman, and Catoctin Creek Distilling Company)

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