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Press Release: Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin wins gold medal in Chicago

Watershed Gin gets 92 points "Exceptional" rating at the 2016 Beverage Testing Institute tastings.

2016 BTI  

Watershed Gin

Chicago, IL (December 2, 2016) – The 2016 Beverage Testing Institute has awarded Catoctin Creek a gold medal for their Watershed Gin.

The awards won are as follows:

Tasting notes for the Watershed Gin describe a "Clear color. Attractive, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of fresh baked fruitcake, gingerbread, dried pear, and candied violets with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a licorice, brown spices, honeyed raisin rye-safflower toast, and floral honey finish. A rich, flavor packed gin for craft cocktails."

The gold medal for Watershed Gin comes on the heals of three other awards recently won from the same organization in October.

Watershed Gin is available where ever fine spirits are sold in VA, DC, MD, DE, and NY.

About the Beverage Testing Institute:  The International Review of Spirits is America's oldest annual international Spirits competition and has been operated objectively for decades by the Beverage Testing Institute & Tastings.com. It is a blind tasting, medal-based competition that awards based on a 100-point scale. Spirits are judged by the Beverage Testing Institute's trained staff joined by top Spirits professionals and buyers from retailers and restaurants using a proven, consistent, proprietary methodology developed in collaboration with Cornell University. The International Review of Spirits distributes its monthly results to consumers and the trade through our publication Tastings.com, a free consumer website with tens of thousands of unique users a month on its searchable databases and via social media @tastingsbti.

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 two silver medals in Chicago

Catoctin Creek hauls in more medals at the 2016 Beverage Testing Institute tastings.

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Roundstone Rye

Chicago, IL (October 6, 2016) – The 2016 Beverage Testing Institute has awarded Catoctin Creek one gold and two silver medals for their flagship single barrel whiskies.

The awards won are as follows:

Tasting notes for the Braddock Oak Rye reveal a "Golden amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried fruits and tomato, toffee, leather and sandalwood, and latte with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-long rye grain and flour, peppery spices, minerals, and tobacco finish. A dry, poised rye with nice gain character."

On Roundstone Rye, our flagship spirit, the BTI notes, "Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of frosted raisin bran, caramelized nuts, spiced fruits, and putty with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-length vanilla custard, sweet and peppery spices, and rye toast finish. A round and lively rye with a spry, peppery finish."

More details about the reviews may be found at the links above.

Roundstone Rye and Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" are available where ever fine spirits are sold.  Braddock Oak is available throughout the United States through Total Wine.  For more information, please see www.totalwine.com.

About the Beverage Testing Institute:  The International Review of Spirits is America's oldest annual international Spirits competition and has been operated objectively for decades by the Beverage Testing Institute & Tastings.com. It is a blind tasting, medal-based competition that awards based on a 100-point scale. Spirits are judged by the Beverage Testing Institute's trained staff joined by top Spirits professionals and buyers from retailers and restaurants using a proven, consistent, proprietary methodology developed in collaboration with Cornell University. The International Review of Spirits distributes its monthly results to consumers and the trade through our publication Tastings.com, a free consumer website with tens of thousands of unique users a month on its searchable databases and via social media @tastingsbti.

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: 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

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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. 

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