The folks over at SmokyBeast got their hands on a bottle of Single Cask Nation Catoctin Creek Rye, a private barrel expression we released only through SCN, and I believe they were pretty delighted with the dram! You can taste this yourself down at Jack Rose in Washington DC, and a few other locations nationwide. (Ask your whiskey puveyor if they carry Single Cask Nation, and if they do, you're probably in good shape!) Unfortunately, this expression is LONG AGO sold out directly from Single Cask Nation.
Here's the review:
Very nice job from Catoctin Creek & a great pick from Single Cask Nation. We'd never guess this was such a young rye, and it really holds up to many older whiskies. We're looking forward to seeing what comes out of this interesting distillery over the years.
You can read the entire review, here.
Thanks go out to Cobey Williamson, editor of MicroShiner magazine. They picked up our press release about the Old Tom gin launch, and gave us some nice compliments in the article:
Catoctin Creek Releases Limited Edition Rested Gin Like many, we are in love with Catoctin Creek, and as you may know, their products have been receiving rave reviews, including having Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "Cask Proof" named the #7 whisky in the grain whisky spirits category at the 3rd Annual Wizards of Whisky World Awards.
Whisky accolades aside, something we love as much as their spirits is Catoctin Creek's approach to the process. Everything they do seems to be imbued with same sense of effortless innovation and unassuming elegance. As a whole, Catoctin embodies the essence of craft, and we have no reason to expect anything less than more of the same from this latest release.
Read the full article, here.
What a lovely review we received from Adam Morgenstern of the Food & Wine section of Forbes. Mr. Morgenstern really seemed to enjoy himself, and for that we are really, really pleased:
While gins can be all over the map these days, Watershed comes across with clear focus. Beautiful juniper nose and taste, with practically no alcohol harshness; amazing considering it’s bottled at 100 proof, higher than most gins. There’s pepper and cinnamon on the finish and it’s incredibly balanced. Sipping it took me out of detective mode — rather than try and figure out the mystery botanicals, I just wanted to sit back and enjoy it.
You can read the full review, here.
We are very happy to announce that Roundstone Rye took home the bling-bling in the United Kingdom! The Wizards of Whisky World Awards, after performing blind tastings of hundreds of spirits from around the world, named Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "Cask Proof" its #7 whisky in the grain whisky spirits category, and earning it a gold medal. That's beating out some pretty big names in the whisky world right now, like Whistlepig, Bushmills, Redbreast and Greenspot, just to name a few! Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" came in at a very respectable #18 in the same category, earning silver.
Read the full story, here.
Thank you to Leesburg Today and the citizens of Loudoun County for voting us the best distillery in Loudoun! We are very happy for the honor!
Read the story, here.
Nothing makes a Monday quite so fine as being named by Southern Living as one of the 50 people changing the South in 2015! Booyah! (Question is, do Becky and I count as one or two people?!)
This is a magazine that my mother has read since I was a baby, and now, what an honor to be included in it!
We surveyed the region to find the movers-and-shakers who are shaping the South with community-minded ideas and projects. From groundbreaking chefs to designers with a voice, these are the people you’ll want to keep an eye on this year.
In the middle of Virginia’s wine country, Becky and Scott Harris are making what may be the most Southern of spirits. While many craft spirits claim the title of “handmade,” Catoctin walks the walk with its line of whiskeys, gins, and brandies that are made start-to-finish in [Loudoun] County using locally sourced fruits and rye. Other materials, such as boxes and services, also come from the area, and the team gives back to the land by donating its spent rye mash for cattle farmers to use as livestock feed. Expanding its regional reach, Catoctin creates specialty products for top bartenders and hotels in the Virginia and D.C. area.
Read the full story, here.
Holley Simmons, the dining editor at the Washington Post, does a story on day-tripping out to Purcellville:
You may want to have a good cure for the hiccups — and a designated driver — before venturing into Purcellville, Va.: The bucolic town, 50 miles west of Washington in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is full of wineries, breweries and an organic distillery. But if booze is not your thing, there’s easy access to the scenic Washington & Old Dominion bike trail for cyclists.
The story highlights our distillery as one of the great reasons we love downtown Purcellville!
Last year, Becky and Scott Harris moved their certified organic distillery from a 2,000-square-foot warehouse to a 6,000-square-foot facility (a Buick dealership in the 1920s). Now more than 10,000 visitors a year witness the production of gin, white whiskey and - their flagship product - rye whiskey aged in charred Minnesota white oak barrels. "About 60 percent of the flavoring comes from the barrels," Becky says. There's a 30-minute tour ($5) and a tasting room ($5-$10).
You can read the entire story, here.
Thank you Allison Aubrey for working Becky Harris into your story on women in whiskey:
Well, now history is coming full circle. There's a vanguard of new female distillers, blenders and tasters.
Harris says the demand for her organic, rye whiskey is so strong, she's selling every drop she can produce.
Listen or read the full story, here.