Richard Barry recently attended one of our distillery dinners for the Autumn 2014 issue of MicroShiner magazine. The article gives a great window into the sumptuousness of the evening of history, whisky, cocktails, and fine seasonal dining. The story is further brought to life by the gorgeous photos of DJ Glisson. The issue even includes cocktail recipes from the evening's drinks.
Each month, Catoctin collaborates with catering mavens Chef Wes Rosati and Chef Maria Aros of the Wandering Chef to create a menu of seasonal dishes that draw on the flavors of local ingredients and Catoctin spirits. The marriages produced are happy ones like the perfect pairing of Pan Roasted Tenderloin and BBQ Rubbed Brisket with a smooth Boulevardier made with Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof".
Last week, Catoctin Creek, along with 12 other distillers in Virginia sent the Governor a letter asking him to reconsider his proposal to raise spirits taxes yet again. We got some very good press coverage on the letter. We still await the Governor's reply on this issue.
Modern Distillery Age, November 14, 2014 issue
We were overjoyed (over the moon, in fact) at Lavanya Ramanathan's very in depth story on visiting Catoctin Creek. She really went into depth in her story, covering not only how the spirits are made, but the whole vibe of coming out to Purcellville for a day trip, including even a stop at Market Burger for lunch. Such a wonderful story! Here is an excerpt:
Here we see how rye is made: not in giant, impersonal vats somewhere in Indiana, but a few dozen miles from home. Scott explains that the first step to rye, in fact, is making something not unlike a hefeweizen — a primordial stew teeming with grains that must ferment to become alcohol. The distillation happens later, in a fancy copper still, which separates the alcohol from the grainy pulp, known as mash, with heat that turns it to gas. Upon cooling, the gas is returned to its liquid form, which is now that brash stuff known as white whiskey. To become the Roundstone rye that has won the company kudos, it goes into oak barrels to age for at least two years.
Read the entire article, here.
Thanks go out to Jason Diamond, from Men's Journal, for calling out five American craft whiskeys doing it right! We were thrilled to be named among other fine whiskey makers like FEW and Dry Fly, producing great new American whiskey:
A bottle of organic Roundstone Rye 92-proof is what you're looking for if you want your socks knocked off. Just the amount of spice you'd expect from a great rye, but it won't have you breathing fire. If you're looking for something a little more subtle, a bottle of sweet and spicy regular Roundstone Rye should always be within reach. You can't ever go wrong with Catoctin Creek.
Wow!! To read the entire story, click here.
While attending the Sage Summit in Las Vegas, Scott was interviewed by Bloomberg Radio about starting his small business, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.
Listen here: 20140730-Bloomberg Radio.mp3
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!
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.