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Press Release: Roundstone Rye receives FIVE STARS in Pacult's Spirit Journal

Roundstone Rye Cask ProofF. Paul Pacult's highest recommendation!

Now in the September 2016 Issue

Purcellville, Virginia (September 6, 2016) – Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof received a rating of five stars (★★★★★ / Highest Recommendation) from the September 2016 issue of F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal, the publication's highest recommendation.

From the article:

Gorgeous new copper/henna appearance; impeccably clean and clear.  Initial whiffs encounter sturdy aromas rife with dry rye cereal, black pepper, oak sawdust, lead pencil, newly tanned leather, honey... a vibrant, animated bouquet that pleases... almost oloroso sherry-like, and amazingly not in the least aggressive with the abv. ... This supple, distinctive rye is Catoctin's pinnacle achievement, thus far.  Do what you have to do to buy a bottle...or two. 

A quarterly newsletter, F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal is considered one of the most definitive guides to reviews in the spirits industry.  It is mailed to U.S. and overseas subscribers each March, June, September, and December. It is the supreme consumer buying guide giving Paul’s unbiased opinions and keen insights on all types of spirits, wines, and beers available in the marketplace. For more information, visit: www.spiritjournal.com

Other spirits recommended in this issue were Mosby's Spirit (★★★★ / Highly Recommended), Roundstone Rye (★★★ / Recommended), and Roundstone Rye 92 Proof (★★★ / Recommended).  

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 540-751-8404; Twitter: @CatoctinCreek) is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified organic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality and organic spirits. For media-related inquiries, please contact Scott Harris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or for more information on Catoctin Creek Distilling Company please visit www.catoctincreek.com. 

Press Release: Virginia ABC approves direct sales to restaurants

SPECIAL ORDERING IS OBSOLETE!

Restaurants and mixed-beverage licensees can now purchase spirits directly from the distillery!

Purcellville, Virginia (August 4, 2016) – The Virginia ABC has approved direct sales from distilleries to Virginia restaurants, bars, and other mixed-beverage licensees.  This process will operate exactly the same as it does when restaurants purchase from their designated ABC stores:  the spirits will be priced at the same ABC prices as in the stores, sales tax will not be charged at the sale, and the bottles will be marked with a sticker to ensure compliance with ABC rules.

"This is a great step forward!" remarked Scott Harris, founder of the distillery.  "We have—for some time now—received numerous requests from restaurants, especially for our special releases, which have not been feasible to deliver through the ABC special order system.  Too many times, special orders were lost, unfulfilled or rerouted, so the system just didn't work well for small-batch special releases."

Beginning this month, restaurants desiring special releases need only to contact the distillery to get what they want.  A simple one-page form is filled out, and the products are delivered or picked up.

Current listed products already in the ABC system will still be available from their local ABC stores, including:

  • Roundstone Rye (27030)
  • Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" (27018)
  • Watershed Gin (29760)

Special releases now available through direct ordering are:

  • Roundstone Rye "Cask Proof" (seasonal availability)
  • Rabble Rouser 4yo Straight Rye Whisky (seasonal availability)
  • 1757 Virginia Brandy
  • Pearousia Pear Brandy
  • Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy
  • Quarter Branch Apple Brandy (seasonal availability)
  • Private barrel releases (inquire for more details)
  • Old Tom Watershed Gin (seasonal availability)
  • Single Malt Releases (e.g. Kings Mountain, seasonal availability)
  • Mosby's Spirit

Mr. Harris added, "I'd just like to thank the entire team at the Virginia ABC for listening to the growing industry of craft distillers and coming up with a solution that works great for everyone.  As of today, we'll have greater selection at Virginia restaurants, more revenue for the state of Virginia, and more revenue for the craft distillers in Virginia, with very little additional cost of administration.  It is truly a win-win for all involved, including the end customer desiring more variety."

To Order:

If you are a restaurant in Virginia, and wish to learn more or place an order, please contact our Virginia Brand Ambassador, John Shope, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 540-751-8404; Twitter: @CatoctinCreek) is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified organic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality and organic spirits. For media-related inquiries, please contact Scott Harris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or for more information on Catoctin Creek Distilling Company please visit www.catoctincreek.com. 

Press Release: Catoctin Creek wins gold and silver medals in London

Roundstone Rye wins a gold and two silver medals at the 2016 American Whiskey Masters

2016 American Whiskey Masters2016 American Whiskey MastersRoundstone Rye Cask Proof

London, United Kingdom (August 2, 2016) – The 2016 American Whiskey Masters, a spirits contest run by The Spirits Business, awarded Catoctin Creek one gold and two silver medals for their flagship single barrel whiskies.

"The Rye Single Barrel flight hauled in even more medals," remarked Kristiane Sherry, editor of The Spirits Business, "with Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye and Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye 92 Proof both winning Silvers.  But it was sibling spirit Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof which really caught the attention of the panel and was accordingly awarded a Gold."

"It's very balanced and opened well with water," said Nagesh Balusu, general manager at Salt Whisky Bar and Dining Room. "It's a very good example of a rye whiskey.  On the nose, it's sweet but it's got those rye characteristics."

Elated with the news, Scott Harris, founder of the distillery remarked, "We are so grateful for the medals from the United Kingdom.  Our distillery is still quite small, so we've always focused first and foremost on quality.  I'm extremely proud of the excellent quality whiskey that Becky (Scott's wife and chief distiller) produces, and thrilled that the world has noticed."

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Single Barrel Whisky is made from 100% rye, certified organic and kosher, and retails at $39 for 750mL, or in the UK, £45 for 70cL.

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" retails for $52 for 750mL, or in the UK, £55 for 70cL. Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "Cask Proof" retails for $89 for 750mL, or in the UK, £90 for 70cL.

Catoctin Creek products are available in the UK and Europe through Haromex.  Distribution details here:  http://catoctincreek.com/wheretobuy-eu

Full details about the awards may be found in the August issue of The Spirits Business:  http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/issue/august-2016/

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 540-751-8404; Twitter: @CatoctinCreek) is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified organic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality and organic spirits. For media-related inquiries, please contact Scott Harris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or for more information on Catoctin Creek Distilling Company please visit www.catoctincreek.com. 

Press Release: Catoctin Creek wins silver medal in Los Angeles

Roundstone Rye wins while competing head-to-head against larger international brands

2016 LA AwardsRoundstone Rye

Los Angeles, CA (June 13, 2016) – The 2016 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition has awarded Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye a silver medal in the overall category of Whiskey/Whisky.

"The 2016 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition received 401 Spirits entries from 149 producers," according to the competition's web site.  "This year's competition received spirits from 29 different countries, Austria, Bahamas, Britain, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Holland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Martinique, Mexico, Myanmar, Poland, Puerto Rico, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA, and Virgin Islands. We had 20 prestigious judges from all over the United States from on and off-premise as well as Southern Wine & Spirits, Young's Market and Wine Warehouse."

"Becky and I are so happy to receive this award!" remarked Scott Harris, founder of the distillery.  "It is really great to see our spirits taking hold in the Los Angeles market. We're especially proud that when our hand-crafted single barrel whisky competes against larger brands, that we do very, very well.  We are now the most highly awarded whisky in Virginia and the world is noticing!"

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Single Barrel Whisky is made from 100% rye, certified organic and kosher, and retails around $39 for 750mL.

The full list of 2016 competition winners can be found here.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 540-751-8404; Twitter: @CatoctinCreek) is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified organic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. Catoctin Creek prides itself on offering high-quality and organic spirits. For media-related inquiries, please contact Scott Harris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or for more information on Catoctin Creek Distilling Company please visit www.catoctincreek.com. 

Press Release: Catoctin Creek Awarded 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Second Year Recognized as a Top Performing Attraction as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

Trip Advisor 2016 Certificate of ExcellencePurcellville, Virginia – May 25, 2016 – Catoctin Creek Distillery today announced that, for the second year in a row, it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Catoctin Creek, and we’d like to thank all of our guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Addie Rodgers, Tasting Room Manager at Catoctin Creek. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s own customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.

"With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Phone: 540-751-8404; Twitter: @CatoctinCreek) is the first distillery in Loudoun County, Virginia since before prohibition. Certified organic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium Virginia spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, and seasonal brandy from Virginia wines. For media-related inquiries, please contact Scott Harris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or for more information on Catoctin Creek Distilling Company please visit www.catoctincreek.com.

About TripAdvisor: TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site**, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors***, and 350 million reviews and opinions covering 6.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 48 markets worldwide.

**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, February 2016
***Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q1 2016

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