June 2011 Update
"This certified eco-ganic and kosher bottling is out of [Loudoun] County, Va., where the locals know something about white spirits. Left to mature in a barrel, this alcohol becomes the brand’s Roundstone Rye, but without the oak, we get a vibrant flavor, fresh on the palate. There’s some juicy banana on the finish and a nice velvety mouthfeel."
-- Max Watman, author of Chasing the White Dog and Liquor.com contributor
We are now only one month away from selling bottles at the distillery. Virginia Senate Bill 1249 goes into effect on July 1, 2011, and on that day, at six o'clock AM, we will open the doors to selling bottles directly from our supply at the distillery!
This is a big step for us, of course, and I never thought in my wildest dreams that I'd become a liquor store owner! (Basically, that is what we will be, a state-licensed ABC store in the front office, selling only Catoctin Creek products, of course.)
If you want to be one of the first few people to get a signed bottle at the distillery, show up bright and early on Friday, July 1. See you soon!
Mosby's Available in Virginia ABC
Mosby's Spirit, our multiple award winning white whisky, is now widely available on the shelves of your local Virginia ABC stores. ABC has picked it up as a "listed item", and bottles began arriving in local stores in May. Look for it in the whisky section, probably near the Roundstone Rye. But if you don't see it, you can ask for it by product number #27488. No more special ordering required!
If you have not yet tried Mosby's Spirit, this is a really neat new type of whisky. Mosby's is the truest expression of the spirit that comes off the still; it sees no aging at all, and shows you how clean and nice an eco-ganic rye spirit can be when crafted with care by hand in small batches.
Mosby's Spirit is very representative of the historical Virginia whisky. Since George Washington first fired up his stills at Mount Vernon, and on through the Civil War, and up until Prohibition, if you lived in Virginia, and you were drinking whisky, you were almost certainly drinking an unaged rye whisky like Mosby's Spirit.
For a fun evening, grab some friends and a bottle each of Mosby's and Roundstone. Sample between the two. Notice the differences in the taste and aromas. The only difference between the two is the aging that Roundstone receives in the barrel. You'll be amazed what wood does to the spirit!
In June, look for a few very cool events on the calendar:
- June 4 - Barrel Tasting at Park Hyatt, DC - Gather at the entranceway of Blue Duck Tavern, surrounded by barrels, and sample the true flavors of American wine and spirits.
- June 10 - Homegrown Spirits at Homewood Museum - Join Dr. Dennis Pogue (historian at Mount Vernon Distillery) and several local distillers as we sample spirits from around the area and learn about the history of distilling in the Mid-Atlantic region.
- June 18 - Catoctin Creek Distilling Workshop - Interested in distilling? Want to make whiskey yourself legally? Ever wonder what it takes to start and run a distillery? This is the course for you! Only a few seats are left, so order today!
- June 23- DC Whiskey Cruise - Join Catoctin Creek for an evening on the Potomac as we cruise with over 200 whiskeys, all available for tasting!
As always, there are lots of fun and information on our Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. Tours are always free, so stop by and see us sometime!
Remember, "Think Global, Drink LOCAL!"SM
Scott & Becky