Fox5 DC came out to Purcellville to interview Scott Harris, founder of the distillery, about the impacts of the trade tariffs on his growing small business. Matt Ackland reports:
Starting on Friday, the European Union has slapped a 25-percent tariff on whiskey and other products. Harris said he has already produced more product for his European customers and worries what he will do with it if those customers go away due to higher prices.
“I have been asked, ‘Does that mean we’re laying people off?’” Harris said. “No, we’re not laying people off, but we may not be hiring anybody for a while now either.”
You can read the entire story, here. Or click the image above to see the video.
The Associated Press released a story this week, and it featured Catoctin Creek. The gist of the story is that the Trump trade tariffs will appreciably harm both big producers and small producers alike, just as the US whiskey market is set to explode in Europe. The timing could not be worse.
[Scott Harris, Founder at Catoctin Creek] worries his overseas distributors might drop his spirits if the dispute drags on, and consumers will quench their thirst elsewhere. Already, rye whiskeys are coming out of Ireland and Scotland, he said, and with a bit of internet digging, "I could probably come up with a German distiller who's making a corn spirit that could, for all practical purposes, be very similar to bourbon."
The story was released nationally, and showed up in many newspapers. We like the version in the Sacramento Bee best, because it included some cool photos at the distillery. Read that, here.
Original AP story, here.
Scott was invited down to Fox News to talk about trade tariffs and how they'll negatively impact small business and large business alike in the spirits sector. Trade wars like the one proposed are direct threats to the growth and expansion of manufacturing and agriculture jobs across all 50 states. Click the video below to learn more.
Nine years have passed since our first appearance on Hotmixology. Check us out again with our Roundstone Rye!
So very cool to have a great review from Bourbon Paddy, who reviews whiskey from his home near Dublin, Ireland. As we are just starting our entrance into the UK market (not Ireland just yet, unfortunately), it's great to see Paddy's detailed review. From the review, he writes:
This is a very nice easy drinking rye whisky; it’s smooth, flavourful, well-balanced, and not just an over-oaked fiery wall of young rye spice and barrel char. What stands out for me is despite coming across young and grain forward on the nose, those bold and spicy rye grain notes are very well balanced by the rest of the flavours as you sip giving a spicy rye with a fruity edge. At times it is hard to believe that this is a 100% rye mashbill because of all the beautiful flavour notes that emerge as you chew this; however, I put this down to the fact that this isn’t sourced (so no familiar MGP notes here) and Catoctin’s considerate approach when making this whisky.
You can read the full review, which includes detailed notes on nose, palate, finish, as well as production notes, here.
Photo courtesy Bourbon Paddy.
On Wednesday night, Scott Harris, founder and general manager of Catoctin Creek, appeared on Fox 5 evening news to talk taxes, economic development, and whisky sours. Key points raised during the quick interview:
- The reduction in Federal Excise Tax has allowed small businesses like ours to invest in jobs--good high paying jobs--that improve our local community.
- We also invest in other businesses like farms and other suppliers, further boosting the local economy.
- The tax savings allow us to invest in our own business with about $1M more of equipment coming online in the next year, allowing us to get more of our product to more people.
- And finally, May is whisky sours month at Catoctin Creek, and a hibiscus, strawberry, lime whisky sour is a beautiful thing!
Watch the full clip, here.
It was very nice to receive a 90 point review from WhiskyCast this week! We definitely enjoy seeing other people's tasting notes. Palates can be very subjective and vary from person to person, but it's always nice when they like our whisky! From the review:
Score: 90 points
This edition is bottled at 46% ABV, compared to the 40% strength of the standard Roundstone Rye, and the difference clearly shows. The nose is very aromatic with notes of honey, butterscotch, bitter lemon, linseed oil, and muted spices. The taste is tart and spicy with cinnamon and clove balanced by lemon zest, honey, vanilla, and a nice touch of butterscotch that comes out late and sticks around through the finish, along with muted spices and a touch of lemon zest. Nice!
You can read the full review, here.
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Thank you to all the great readers of Northern Virginia Magazine who voted Catoctin Creek as Best Distillery for 2018! We are delighted with the news!
Look for more in the upcoming June issue of the magazine!
Women have worked hard to win some of the most rewarding and difficult jobs in a male- dominated industry – distilling fine spirits and brewing beer. Join our conversation and sampling with four women who’ve blazed trails to craft acclaimed spirits and world-famous beers: Lesley Gracie, Master Distiller for Hendrick’s Gin, Becky Harris, Chief Distiller for Catoctin Creek, Allison Parc, creator of Brenne Single Malt Whisky, Hollie Stephenson, Head Brewer for Guinness North America.
If you are not able to personally be present at the Total Wine Livestream event this weekend, here is a link to the Livestream on YouTube, or continue to watch this space on Saturday, March 3, 4pm.
We are very pleased that Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof was a category winner at the World Whiskies Awards 2018. It won for the category of Best American Rye under 12 years of age.
You can read the full article, here.
Nice mention on the Travel Channel web site:
[O]ne of the top boutique rye makers in the country, Catoctin Creek Distilling in Purcellville, Virginia.
Award-winners for their Virginia-crafted 80 and  proof rye, Catoctin Creek was singled out recently for a Good Food Awards for those distinctive spirits.
This family-run distillery in Loudon, County Virginia produces rye, gin and brandy from local Virginia wines. Forbes offered this enticing description of Catoctin’s Roundstone Single Barrel Rye Whisky, “Delicate at first, this single-barrel rye gains in strength on the tongue, with flashes of herb, pear, white chocolate, whole-grain toast, and gentle spice.” Sold!
Read the full story, here.
If you're purchasing whiskey for the holidays, Forbes has a nice recommendation: us!
Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. Roundstone Single Barrel Rye Whiskey &endash; Purcellville, VA (SRP $45)
Delicate at first, this single-barrel rye gains in strength on the tongue, with flashes of herb, pear, white chocolate, whole-grain toast, and gentle spice.
Read the full article, here.