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AP News story on how the trade tariffs will hurt US whiskey

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.

Talking trade tariffs and whiskey on Fox News

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.

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Bourbon Paddy reviews Roundstone Rye 92 Proof Distillers Edition

Bourbon PaddySo 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.

Talking Taxes and Whisky Sours on Fox 5 News

Scott Harris on Fox 5 NewsOn 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.

WhiskyCast: 90 Points for Roundstone Rye Distiller's Edition

Roundstone Rye Distiller's EditionIt 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.

Catoctin Creek named Best of NOVA 2018!

Best of NOVA 2018You eat, live and breathe this region. Who better to judge which restaurant has the best bite to eat, which store delivers the greatest products and which venue offers the most entertaining events? So, Northern Virginians, tell us the local spots that make living here all worth your while.

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 Mixing It Up - The Total Wine Livestream

Event Coming soon!

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.

Roundstone Rye Cask Proof wins at World Whiskies Awards

World Whiskies Awards 2018 Category WinnerWe 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.

Catoctin Creek in Travel Channel

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 [92] 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.

Catoctin Creek included in Forbes' Holiday Season List

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.

Fantastic Rabble Rouser review at Astor Wine and Spirits

Rabble RouserWant to get your hands on some Rabble Rouser? Astor Wines & Spirits in NYC has some at a great price!! From their review:

Staff Pick Notes

Do you long for a robust whiskey? Rabble Rouser is easily the best I've had all year. What it lacks in age statement and pedigree is more than made up for with real character. Tasting it for the first time, I enjoyed a depth of flavor I've never experienced with another rye. It reminded me of Belgian waffles baked dark and chocolate chip cookies without the sugar. Big spice, too. This caramelized grain flavor is the antithesis of what people dislike about young craft whiskey, that unresolved raw flour sensation on the mid-palate. In a category full of heritage brands, scarcity performs a strange seduction. I guess some people enjoy the hunt for whatever the whiskey blogs are talking about, but if you'd like something more than a trophy, give Catoctin Creek a shot.

- TT

Read the full review and order the product, hereWHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!

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