Press Release: Catoctin Creek releases Barrel "Rested" Gin
Announcing Pearousia Barrel "Old Tom" Style Watershed 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:
Ramos 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
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.