Distillery Diversifies Portfolio with Raised Proof Option from Hand-Selected Barrels
April 30, 2014, Purcellville, VA – Beginning in May, Catoctin Creek has announced that it will release a new higher-proof expression of Roundstone Rye at 92 proof. Unlike the cask proof variant which is released only a few times per year, Roundstone Rye 92 will be a new regular offering from the celebrated Purcellville distillery.
"The release of a premium, 92-proof version of their award-winning 80-proof Roundstone Rye Whisky, hitting shelves in May, is recognizably Roundstone but intensified, with the caramel, maple, and spice tones highlighted and pumped up into something richer," noted M. Carrie Allan, spirits writer for the Washington Post. (See the full article in the Post, here.)
This whisky is the culmination of several years of planning. "For a few years now, we've been putting whisky away for storage," remarked Becky Harris, Chief Distiller and President of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company. "We pulled some of the more interesting barrels from the back of the barn and decided to release these at a higher proof: a whisky specially curated for flavor, while still being remarkably smooth, as is our existing 80 proof Roundstone."
"We are very excited about this new product," said Scott Harris, Founder and General Manager of Catoctin Creek. "We discussed this new product with customers like Jack Rose Whisky Saloon, The Passenger, and our distributors, and all agreed that this would be a great new product for the distillery. And what's cool, since we're a small distillery, we can be responsive to this kind of market input."
At 92 proof (46% ABV), "Roundstone Rye 92" will be available in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and New York in May. As with all the whisky at Catoctin Creek, Roundstone Rye 92 is certified organic and kosher. Suggested retail price is $52.99 for a 750 ml bottle. Though an exact date hasn't been set, bottles will be available at the distillery approximately May 17th.