Thank you to Leesburg Today and the citizens of Loudoun County for voting us the best distillery in Loudoun! We are very happy for the honor!
Read the story, here.
Holley Simmons, the dining editor at the Washington Post, does a story on day-tripping out to Purcellville:
You may want to have a good cure for the hiccups — and a designated driver — before venturing into Purcellville, Va.: The bucolic town, 50 miles west of Washington in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is full of wineries, breweries and an eco-ganic distillery. But if booze is not your thing, there’s easy access to the scenic Washington & Old Dominion bike trail for cyclists.
The story highlights our distillery as one of the great reasons we love downtown Purcellville!
Last year, Becky and Scott Harris moved their certified eco-ganic distillery from a 2,000-square-foot warehouse to a 6,000-square-foot facility (a Buick dealership in the 1920s). Now more than 10,000 visitors a year witness the production of gin, white whiskey and - their flagship product - rye whiskey aged in charred Minnesota white oak barrels. "About 60 percent of the flavoring comes from the barrels," Becky says. There's a 30-minute tour ($5) and a tasting room ($5-$10).
You can read the entire story, here.
The very lovely Kayleigh Kulp is the author of Booze for Babes, sold here on Amazon, or available in our distillery store. Kayleigh appeared on WJLA's Let's Talk Live, to promote brandy for the Christmas season. Of the several brandies she highlighted were our own Catoctin Creek 1757 Virginia Brandy, Pearousia pear brandy, and Short Hill Mountain peach brandy. Thank you, Kayleigh, for the shout-out! Merry Christmas!
Read the entire article, here.
Nice to get a special mention in the "100 Best" issue of Washingtonian:
Scott and Becky Harris strategically situated their distillery in Purcellville in the heart of Virginia wine country, and even staunch wine lovers admit their Roundstone Rye's warming spice and mellow sweetness are as comforting as a buxom Bordeaux.
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In the continuing coverage of the Virginia ABC spirits tax raise, Scott was invited as a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi show on WAMU 88.5. From the show description:
If you live in Virginia, the state’s budget woes will hit you in the liquor cabinet next week. That’s when the price of wine and spirits goes up to help close a projected $2.4 billion revenue shortfall. The price hike is one more reminder that in jurisdictions like the Commonwealth and Maryland’s Montgomery County, where government agencies operate all the liquor stores, consumers often pay higher taxes and levies for their alcohol. We explore the economic forces—seen and unseen—that impact the selection and price of liquor around our region.
The other guest for the show was Garrett Peck, author of "The Prohibition Hangover: A Social History of Alcohol After Prohibition" and "Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.".
Richard Barry recently attended one of our distillery dinners for the Autumn 2014 issue of MicroShiner magazine. The article gives a great window into the sumptuousness of the evening of history, whisky, cocktails, and fine seasonal dining. The story is further brought to life by the gorgeous photos of DJ Glisson. The issue even includes cocktail recipes from the evening's drinks.
Each month, Catoctin collaborates with catering mavens Chef Wes Rosati and Chef Maria Aros of the Wandering Chef to create a menu of seasonal dishes that draw on the flavors of local ingredients and Catoctin spirits. The marriages produced are happy ones like the perfect pairing of Pan Roasted Tenderloin and BBQ Rubbed Brisket with a smooth Boulevardier made with Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye "92 Proof".
Last week, Catoctin Creek, along with 12 other distillers in Virginia sent the Governor a letter asking him to reconsider his proposal to raise spirits taxes yet again. We got some very good press coverage on the letter. We still await the Governor's reply on this issue.
Modern Distillery Age, November 14, 2014 issue
Thanks go out to Jason Diamond, from Men's Journal, for calling out five American craft whiskeys doing it right! We were thrilled to be named among other fine whiskey makers like FEW and Dry Fly, producing great new American whiskey:
A bottle of Roundstone Rye 92-proof is what you're looking for if you want your socks knocked off. Just the amount of spice you'd expect from a great rye, but it won't have you breathing fire. If you're looking for something a little more subtle, a bottle of sweet and spicy regular Roundstone Rye should always be within reach. You can't ever go wrong with Catoctin Creek.
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While attending the Sage Summit in Las Vegas, Scott was interviewed by Bloomberg Radio about starting his small business, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.
Listen here: 20140730-Bloomberg Radio.mp3
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014 (10th Anniversary Edition), reviews Roundstone Rye Cask Proof (batch B12E1), and scores it an 88.5! The review, as these tend to be, is all over the place, like a big happy golden retriever puppy: The rye is chaotic, unexpected, youthful, crazy, and yet, still totally loveable:
A truly huge rye... Through a combination of sheer delicious belligerence and chutzpah has your taste buds swooning. Great fun!
Lew Bryson, in the summer 2014 issue of Whisky Advocate, (re-)reviews Mosby's Spirit, our beautiful unaged rye spirit, and gives it a score of 82:
The second craft rye I'm revisiting. Mosby's is still 100% rye and unaged, but the nose is more fun: some green pear and melon esters in there with the grassy rye spice. It's nicely smooth on the tongue, delivers exactly what the nose promised, plus a shot of fresh-cracked black pepper...and a much longer finish these days. Greatly improved; a good white whisky.
Lew also reviewed the Roundstone Rye Cask Proof (batch B12E1), but he didn't find it as pleasing as we do, scoring it a 77. Being honest, the review disappointed us, especially considering the last review from Whisky Advocate was clamoring for more age, and now that we have it, they consider it over-oaked. We truly struggle to see how a whisky that is less than two years old could be over-oaked in 30 gallon barrels. Anyhow, in the interest of transparency, here is that review, for what it's worth:
Single barrel, cask proof. Strong wood aromas; pencil shavings, hot-sawn oak. Hot and tight, intense wood. There's some interesting stuff around the edges, but the wood's blocking it till some sweetness peeks through at the end. Water helps a little, but not enough. Over-barreled.