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Press Release: Catoctin Creek introduces Barrel Select Premium, a "Fill Your Own" Experience at the Distillery

| News 2023
Catoctin Creek Barrel Select Premium

The Virginia Rye Whisky distillery will offer rye whisky from rare, one-of-a-kind barrels for a fill-your-own bottle experience at the distillery

PURCELLVILLE, Va. (March 13, 2023) - - - Catoctin Creek Distilling Co., The Virginia Rye Whisky ℠, is offering a new experience for visitors to the Purcellville distillery.  In addition to touring and enjoying flights of spirits and cocktails, visitors will now have the option to fill their own bottle from our new "Catoctin Creek Filling Station." 

Barrels with unique profiles and collaborative stories will be chosen from our inventory and offered for hand filling at the station.  Visitors will be instructed how to apply the label, cork the bottle, seal it, and then they can write the special batch information upon each bottle with their own signature, making this a unique bottle found nowhere else in the world.

The distillery will run a poll on social media beginning on March 13th, which will allow the Catoctin Creek audience to select which barrel will be first in the line-up.  The first barrels that Becky has chosen for this poll are:

  • 1) #2899 - Roundstone Rye finished in a Buffalo Trace Bourbon (Weller) barrel that was used for maple syrup and then stored an Adroit Theory stout.  One year in new oak, one year and 10 months in the finish barrel (around 57% abv)
  • 2) #1559 - Very leaky Rabble Rouser barrel (concentrating the flavors), four years in Virginia oak 53 gallon barrels (~64% abv)
  • 3) #2981 - Roundstone Rye finished in a Pinot Noir barrel , one year new oak, one year and 6 months in the finish barrel (~58%)

"We're really excited to offer this program to our customers," said Becky Harris, President and Chief Distiller of Catoctin Creek.  "Usually, these rare barrels would be set aside for commercial customers, but we thought it would be nice, from time to time, to offer them to our visitors.  I've seen fill-your-own experiences at other distilleries in the USA, and people really enjoy that process and getting a truly unique bottle."

The Barrel Select Premium whisky, as it will be called, comes in a beautiful Italian glass bottle, with a gorgeous black and copper label.  All offerings from the program will be unfiltered at natural cask proof, 750mL and $129.99 per bottle.  These bottles will not be available for purchase outside of the Catoctin Creek tasting room.

For more information, or to cast your vote for the starting whisky, please visit: or press the button below.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, The Virginia Rye Whisky ℠, was founded by Scott and Becky Harris in 2009. Inspired by the history and craft of Virginia, Catoctin Creek made a name for itself as the first legal distillery since Prohibition in Purcellville, Virginia’s Loudoun County. The craft distillery is home to Virginia’s most-awarded whisky, Roundstone Rye, which has been presented gold medals across the globe and stands out through its old-world production methods. Catoctin Creek prides itself on sourcing rye whisky, gin, and seasonal brandy from local grains and fruits, with spirits available in 47 states and 3 continents. The Harris’ intricate attention to detail results in high quality internationally acclaimed products, including seasonal releases and private cask offerings, that recognize the true craft of Virginia spirits. For more information, call (540) 751-8404 or visit Follow Catoctin Creek on Instagram, Mastodon and Facebook.

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Barrel #1559

Barrel #2981

Barrel #2899

Barrel Select Premium

Barrel Select Premium

Barrel Select Premium