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Catoctin Creek Receives Awards from San Francisco and New York

Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" receives Silver Medal at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and 87 point rating at Ultimate Spirits Challenge

SFWSC Silver  USC 87 Points

Purcellville, VA, March 28, 2015 — In the same week, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has been awarded two medals for its Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" whisky from two of the top international spirits judging contests:  a silver medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) and an 87 point rating (Very Good, Strong Recommendation) from F. Paul Pacult's Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC) in New York City.  Both competitions are very well regarded as some of the most impartial and well attended competitions in the world.

From the USC review:

Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" - Very pretty pale gold color. Big, bright, floral aromas followed in the mouth by a huge blast of sweet grain and spice. This one goes to 11! The finish leans toward bitter almond and spice, and then the floral elements return. 87 points - Very Good, Strong Recommendation

"We are very excited by this happy news:  two medals in one week!" remarked Scott Harris, founder and general manager at Catoctin Creek.  "These two competitions are the gold standards for spirits judging, receiving thousands of entrants from across the industry worldwide.  To be selected for these medals, in competitions that perform completely blind tastings, shows that our spirits truly stand up to the international standard and are truly among the best in the world!"

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is regarded as the most respected spirits competition in the world. The Competition was the first comprehensive, international spirits judging ever held in the United States on an annual basis. Products are evaluated by top spirits professionals and are judged in a blind, consensual procedure ensuring competitive integrity and making this annual competition the most reputable and recognized competition in the spirits industry.

Ultimate Beverage Challenge is the definitive spirits and wine evaluation company today. Its two world-class competitions Ultimate Spirits Challenge and Ultimate Wine Challenge provide unparalleled value, offering results that are reliable and easily understandable in today’s marketplace, creating opportunities for the industry, and establishing the platinum standard that defines what beverage evaluation should be. 

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 Kyle Schmitz 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.

Catoctin Creek Receives Silver Medal from BTI

Purcellville, VA, March 6, 2015 — Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has been awarded a silver medal from the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Catoctin Creek Organic Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" was awarded 87 points (Highly Recommended) and won silver in the category of rye whiskey.

From the review:

Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" - Amber color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas of spumoni gelato, beeswax candle, cedar spice rack, and burnt sugar with a supple, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-long nutmeg, pink pepper, dried fruits, and chili pepper finish. A very spice forward rye that will pop in cocktails. 87 points - Highly Recommended - Silver

The Beverage Testing Institute was founded in 1981 with the objective of producing fair and impartial wine reviews for consumers. Today, this philosophy still holds true. Over the years, their buying guides have appeared in the Wine Enthusiast, Restaurant Hospitality, The New Yorker Magazine, Wine & Spirits, International Wine Review, Epicurious.com, All About Beer, and many others.

"We are very glad to receive these awards," said founder and co-distiller Scott Harris. "BTI is one of the most respected names in beverage reviews, and we're very happy to get this praise for our whisky." Mr. Harris is the Vice President and General Manager at Catoctin Creek, a family run "mom and pop" operation he and his wife, Becky Harris, started in 2009.

For more information about the Beverage Testing Institute, see http://www.tastings.com.

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 Kyle Schmitz 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 now available in California

Arriving in March, 2015 in the Golden State.

February 23, 2015, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek expanded its distribution into California through JVS Imports, a wine and spirits importer and wholesaler located in South San Francisco.  Initially, the Purcellville distillery will ship its award winning Roundstone Rye and Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" into the California market.

"This is a watershed day for us, since California is one of the biggest and most significant markets in the US," said Scott Harris, founder of the distillery.  "We've waited quite some time before feeling like we were ready for the west coast again. We feel JVS will be an excellent partner in distribution into the state."

This marks the return of the Virginia distillery into the California market.  Originally in California in 2010, the company later pulled back from the state to focus on local markets like Virginia, DC, and Maryland.  "Now, with the expanded capacity of the new distillery on Main Street in Purcellville, we feel we have the product supply to move into California more confidently," said Mr. Harris.

"We at JVS Imports are delighted to be adding the Catoctin Creek selection of products to our existing portfolio of American Craft Spirits," said Sam Filmus, president of JVS Imports.  "This multi-award winning distillery offers the finest spirits available. The JVS Team is excited to introduce the line to California's fine spirits consumers."

Initial distribution will start around the southern California area before moving into the rest of the state.

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 Kyle Schmitz 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 JVS Imports: JVS Wine and Spirit Imports (360 Swift Ave. Block B Suite 9, South San Francisco, CA 94080; Phone: 650-869-5555) was started over 10 years ago in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1997 Sam Filmus and his family began the business of importing and distributing wines from Eastern Europe. The business grew in two important directions. The first was the development of JVS as an importer with a national network of distributors for its products. The second was the growth of JVS as a wholesaler in California.  For more information, please visit www.jvsimports.com.

Press Release: Catoctin Creek releases Barrel "Rested" Gin

Announcing Pearousia Barrel "Old Tom" Style Watershed Gin!

Chad and the Old Tom gin!February 12, 2015, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek is pleased to announce the limited release of our Pearousia Barrel "Old Tom" style Watershed Gin.  We took our regular, award-winning Watershed Gin, and set some aside for a time to rest in a re-used Pearousia pear brandy barrel.  The result is a golden, rich, and surprisingly fruity gin which gleams in those cocktails made for Old Tom gins, like the famous Ramos Gin Fizz.*

"This entire product is the work of our brand ambassador, Chad Robinson," said Scott Harris, founder of the distillery.  "Chad came to us with the idea, and begged us to reserve a couple spent Pearousia barrels for him.  We filled them with gin, let them rest, and when the time was right--and the flavors were at their peak--we pulled the gin from the barrel to bottle it.  The result is very exciting!"

There will only be 344 bottles available for sale, which will be evenly divided between Catoctin Creek Distillery's tasting room, and the Maryland / Washington DC market served by Bacchus Importers, Ltd.  "Obviously, we expect this to sell out very quickly," added Mr. Robinson. "If you're in the DC area, I'll be pouring tastings at Weygandt Wines in Cleveland Park on March 14th."

Each 750 mL bottle is bottled at 92.4 proof (46.2% ABV).  The Virginia ABC price is $50.90.

The formal release schedule for the "Old Tom" Watershed Gin is:

At the Distilery:

  • Sunday, March 1 -- Available for purchase to VIP members
  • Sunday, March 8 -- "Ramos Gin Fizz" Shake Off Event -- For VIP members, a cocktail party celebrating the new gin with classic cocktail fun!
  • Sunday, March 15 -- Available for purchase to the general public

At Weygandt Wines in DC:

  • Saturday, March 14 -- Chad will be pouring tastings at Weygandt Wines with the new gin, among other Catoctin Creek products

At Hank's on the Hill in DC:

  • Monday, March 16 -- Launch party at Hanks on the Hill from 5pm - 7pm, featuring a $5 happy hour punch and special cocktail menu at $10 apiece.

The new Catoctin Creek Pearousia Barrel "Old Tom" Watershed Gin will only be available in limited release, and each bottle is hand numbered.  Look for this and more exciting releases to come in 2015.

*Need that recipe for a Ramos Gin Fizz?  Happy to oblige:

Old Tom ginRamos Gin Fizz

3 oz Catoctin Creek "Old Tom" Watershed Gin
1/2 oz parts fresh lime juice
1/2 oz fresh fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
4 oz cream
1 egg white
3 dashes Orange flower water
2 drops Vanilla extract
Soda water

Pour all ingredients except soda in a mixing glass, dry shake (no ice) for two minutes, add ice and hard shake for another minute.

Strain into a highball glass without ice, top with soda.

Recipe courtesy Wikipedia.

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, and seasonal brandy from Virginia wines. For media-related inquiries, please contact Kyle Schmitz 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 in UK Whisky Competition

CATOCTIN CREEK DISTILLERY’S ROUNDSTONE RYE CASK PROOF & ROUNDSTONE RYE 92 PROOF AWARDED GOLD & SILVER MEDALS AT THE 3RD ANNUAL ‘WIZARDS OF WHISKY’ WORLD AWARDS IN THE UK

February 5, 2015, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek Distillery’s critically acclaimed Roundstone Rye “Cask Proof” and Roundstone Rye “92 Proof” each took home medals at the 3rd Annual Wizards of Whisky World Awards for 2015, hosted in the UK. The Roundstone Rye “Cask Proof” secured the gold medal for the ‘World’s Best Other/Grain Whisky’ category and the Roundstone Rye “92 Proof” received the silver medal for the same category.

The international awards – founded by whisky connoisseur Dominic Roskrow – has become one of the most talked about and respected competitions celebrating the best whisky from all across the globe. Entries for the international competition were due on October 30th, the judging process took place in two stages throughout November and December, and winners were selected and announced in January 2015. The awards were judged by two panels of experts made up of bloggers, writers, retailers, and members of Wizard’s founder Dominic Roskrow’s VIP club, which have been tasting whisky from around the world for over 10 years.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded with two medals as a result of entering our Roundstone Rye products into this prestigious international whisky competition," said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company. "It’s such an honor that 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! And Roundstone Rye "92 Proof" came in at a very respectable #18 in the same category, earning silver.”

2015 Wizards of Whisky Categories:

  • World’s Best Whisky
  • World’s Best Single Malt
  • World’s Best Blend
  • World’s Best Other/Grain Whisky
  • American Whiskey of the Year
  • African/Asian Whisky of the Year
  • Canadian Whisky of the Year
  • European Whisky of the Year
  • Irish Whisky of the Year
  • Japanese Whisky of the Year
  • World Distiller of the Year
  • American Distiller of the Year
  • African/Asian Distiller of the Year
  • Canadian Distiller of the Year
  • European Distiller of the Year
  • Irish Distiller of the Year
  • Japanese Distiller of the Year
  • Independent Bottler of the Year
  • World's Top 20 Whiskies
  • Next Big Thing Award

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 Kyle Schmitz 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.

The 2015 Catoctin Creek Art Contest

Loudoun County distillery sponsors its first Art Contest for local artists - $1000 Grand Prize!

Catoctin Creek Art CollageJanuary 28, 2015, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek is proud to announce its first ever art contest.  Intended as a way to support and promote the diverse local art community of Loudoun County, Virginia and surrounding areas, Catoctin Creek will accept submissions of art, with a grand prize of $1000 for the winning piece!

Just announced:  Awards Event - March 29, 7pm.  Details here.

"Becky and I have always loved art, and live in a county rich with local artists," remarked Scott Harris.  "We wanted to see what kind of art is out there, and give local artists a platform to show off their work."

Submissions will be accepted until March 13, 2015, at 5:00pm.  The contest will be judged by the employees of the Loudoun distillery, and a winner will be chosen on March 20th.

  • Grand Prize:  $1000
  • Second Place:  $500
  • Third Place:  $250

All submitted entries will be eligible for display in our tasting room for the entire month of April. 

Submissions should reflect some aspect of Catoctin Creek (the distillery or the creek), life in Virginia, Maryland or Washington DC, and reflect revelry, culture, enjoyment of life, whiskey, drinking, etc.  We give wide latitude for the maximum artistic creativity.  Nearly any submission will be acceptable, including, but not limited to:

  • Landscapes
  • Still Lifes
  • Portraits
  • Sculpture
  • Music
  • Jewelry
  • And any media types:  Watercolors / Mixed Media / Photography / Painting / Ink / etc.

Submissions may be made in person at the distillery, or electronically in a high-quality file TIFF, AI, PDF, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pictured above, clockwise from top left, art by Andrew Spell, Jay Cliburn, David Buchanan, and Firefly Imageworks.

Rules of the Contest

All entries become the property of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, LLC.   Don't want to submit the original?  That's cool!  We get that.  Then just submit a digital image or a print of the artwork.  That's fine with us!  That's what we'll keep, and you can keep the original if you like.

We may elect to use your art in national promotions (even non-winning entries), and in all such cases, the artist will be given credit for their work.

All artwork must be 100% original, and artists must verify that their work is unique through a provided affidavit. 

For fairness, Catoctin Creek employees will select the winning pieces through a blind process (artist name is unknown during the selections). 

For further information, or questions, please contact the distillery at the address provided below.

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 Kyle Schmitz 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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