Follow That Pear

A fun little graphic from the December 2012 issue of Northern Virginia Magazine tracing the life of one pear into our brandy, and beyond!

Follow That Pear

Scott Harris on the Marketplace Morning Report

Marketplace from APMScott was enjoying breakfast at the Leesburg Restaurant last week, when a Nancy Marshall Genzer from Marketplace showed up to interview the patrons about their post-election thoughts.  Check out the story in the last half of this podcast:

Guid Scotch Drink Reviews Watershed Gin

Watershed Gin

Guid Scotch Drink normally reviews whisky, and particularly, scotch.  So it was particularly nice that a scotch lover like Jason Johnstone-Yellin enjoyed our gin so much:

Their Watershed gin is distilled from local rye (I do like my gins built on a rye foundation) while the name pays respect to the watershed into which Catoctin Creek runs.


In conclusion: From the rye nose through the abundant aniseed on the palate and into the cinnamon finish this is an excellent gin. Highly recommended.

Read the full review here.

Capital Cooking - Slow Sippin': 515

Lauren DeSantis of Catoctin Creek '515'Capital Cooking recently attended our 515 release event at J&G Steakhouse. She had some really nice things to say not only about the 515, but also about the Roundstone Rye:

First, a word about the Roundstone Rye. Unlike some ryes that hit you over the head, the Roundstone is rather delicate. The nose hints of honey, slightly floral, with some rye spice, and a hint of wood. It is somewhat tart with a little citrus and some slight vanilla and oak flavors, and a subtle finish that has elements of sour, wood, and spice. ... [For] such a young distillery, Catoctin produces really good rye.

I tasted the 515 and agreed with the crowd’s consensus – Catoctin Creek Distillery knows what it is doing. This is a unique product that for whisky lovers more than justifies a special trip to J and G.

Read the entire review, here.

Scott at the J+G Steakhouse
Photo courtesy Kyle Schmitz.

Proof66 Reviews Watershed Gin

Watershed GinProof66 did a really nice, and very thorough review of Watershed Gin.  They really understand what we're trying to accomplish with this gin.  A great review:

There’s just a hint of sweetness on the front end and the warmth all comes on the finish. In fact, we felt the Martini was slightly better when not chilled making it a kind of winter-weather martini that could easily substitute for brandy or similar winter-time drinks.


The first round is always the spirit itself unvarnished by anything else. Where the Beefeeater is juniper with a black pepper bite and the Hendrick’s is all citrus and floral, the Watershed has a great deal more grain character. It’s almost more like a white whiskey and we think it would appeal greatly to beer lovers. The juniper is subdued but present but with the dash of promised spice, perhaps pepper and cinnamon. But all very subtle. For a 100 proof spirit, it’s shockingly smooth and a credit to the distillation itself. These are incredibly different gins each with a different audience. Traditional gin lovers of heavy juniper will be disappointed with Watershed but from a crafting standpoint, this is an incredible easy-going and drinkable product—easily surpassing the craftsmanship of the Beefeater and neck-and-neck with the celebrated Hendrick’s. [Special note: we’ve often been intensely disappointed with white whiskey and even refused to publish a review on some… this note to drive home the point that the execution of this gin as a spirit is especially impressive to us.]

Read the entire review, here.

Esquire Cocktail of the Week: The Mt. Vernon


The Mt. VernonEsquire Magazine featured a cocktail by John Reusing (owner of Bad Decisions Bar in Baltimore) as their cocktail of the week:

My goal in designing this drink was to make a dryer and spicier version of the classic Manhattan. I had many customers looking for a dry, whiskey-based drink, so I set out to make something that was less sweet than most traditional whiskey drinks. I like Catoctin Creek because it has a lot of great spicy notes from the rye.

Read more at Esquire, or check out the cocktail on our cocktail page.

Kashrus Magazine Reviews Catoctin Creek

Kashrus Magazine did a nice story on the distillery, and why we decided to go kosher.  From the review:

Rather than attempting to "rate" this whiskey, I'll just mention that I donated a bottle to my shul's (after-davening) "Kiddush club", and it disappeared a whole lot faster than most of the other whiskeys.

For the entire story, check out Kashrus Magazine online, here.

Multiple Local News Outlets Covering Our Expansion

We kind of figured the news of our new building purchase, the expansion of our production, and our move to Main Street would be big local news. Lots of the local papers picked up the story:

Wine and Spirits Magazine Reviews Roundstone Rye

Wine and Spirits Magazine did a nice review on our Roundstone Rye in their October 2012 issue piece called "Wild Whiskey". Lou Bustamante writes:

With more small producers in the whiskey game, innovation is at an all-time high. And the competition they offer has inspired larger distilleries to put out new bottlings, the best of which highlight exceptional barrels from their rickhouses. Here's some compelling proof.

Here is the Roundstone Rye  review from the story:

Wine and Spirits Review

Thanks, Lou, for the nice review!

Reviewed on JewMalt: Roundstone Rye Cask Proof

JewMaltMassively awesome review on the Roundstone Rye Cask Proof release from JewMalt, and when I say awesome, I mean Lou Ferrigno awesome:

I really enjoy their standard 40% ABV version of this rye whisky but tasting this in cask proof makes this whisky shine like a rye diamond.  A wonderful springtime whisky.  Fine whisky – kudos to the Catoctinians on this one!

Read the full story, here.

NPR Food Blog: Barrel Quest


The NPR Food Blog, called The Salt, did a neat story about the life of a barrel, from Kentucky and craft distillers all over the U.S.A., to it's eventual use in hot sauce and maple syrup production:

In Purcellville, Va., Scott and Becky Harris of Catoctin Creek Distilling will have 150 once used barrels at the end of 2012. Some will be sold to the general public for patio furniture and other decorative items, but most will go to area restaurants Boundary Stone and Mad Fox Brewing Company.

Recently, a perfect recylcing circle was created when a friend of the Harris' contacted another friend who owns a maple farm. Now, Pennsylvania-harvested maple syrup is being aged in used Catoctin whiskey barrels. And now, Langdon Wood Syrup is sold at the Catoctin distillery store.

Read the full story, here.

Kosher Whisky at Jewish News One

Jewish News One did a feature story on our distillery, and the reasons we chose to go kosher with our spirits:

All good businesses need a niche, a particular part of the market they can exploit to make the most of their product. And that's exactly what a husband and wife team have done here in Virginia in a warehouse not much bigger than an over-sized garage. They're producing one of the most successful kosher products on the east coast of America. A business built on barrels and bottles inspired by a life-long passion. After years of working with chemicals and computers Becky and Scott Harris wanted to pour their energy into something different.

Read the full story, here.

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The Art of the Cocktail - Tour through the "Bartender's Canon"

  JAN - FEB 3-14   Art of the Cocktail Class – Tour through the "Bartender's Canon" 7:00pm—9:00pm Catoctin Creek is pleased to present, our FIFTH year of this six-part educational series on the art...

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  JAN 25   Burn's Night Dinner – A Scottish Midwinter Tradition 6:30pm—9:30pm Burns Night is a tradition dating back a hundred years or more celebrating Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns. If you've been to one, you'll know...

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  FEB 1   Release Day!  Two Beltway Beer-to-Whisky Releases 12:00pm—7:00pm On Saturday, at noon, we will release not one, but TWO new whisky expressions.  Both of these, first two in this series, are distilled from...

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