News and Press Releases - 2022

The Hands-Down Best Rye Whiskey to Drink in 2022 - Esquire

Jonah Flicker at Esquire does his own yearly roundup of rye whiskey in America. Having made Kara Newman's list at Wine Enthusiast, we are overjoyed to also be included in Esquire. Jonah leads off the article with this intro:

Once upon a time, rye whiskey was extremely popular in America, particularly before the buzzkill that was Prohibition. But in the years that followed the dry spell, rye got a reputation as an inferior spirit, if it was even considered at all. Those days are long gone, and over the last decade the rye has become the whiskey du jour with both craft and longstanding distilleries releasing their own versions of bourbon’s spicier sister.

Jonah goes on to write about us:

Another craft distillery with a strong focus on rye whiskey is Virginia’s Catoctin Creek (they’ve even trademarked the term “The Virginia Rye Whiskey”). Founders Scott and Becky Harris (she’s also the chief distiller) are committed to making high quality, small batch rye whiskey that doesn’t lack in flavor or complexity. Some of these are young and relatively low ABV, like the 80 proof flagship Roundstone Rye, a nice sipping whiskey or Manhattan building block. All are made from a 100 percent rye mash bill, like the bottled-in-bond Rabble Rouser Rye, a 100 proof, four-year-old whiskey that explodes with spice and fruit.

You can read the full story, here.


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American Rye Whiskey is Having a Moment - Wine Enthusiast

Kara Newman at Wine Enthusiast does her yearly roundup of rye whiskey in America. This is a great article diving into the concepts of terroir and regionality, as well as some of the crazy stuff happening in the category. Case and point: Ragnarök Rye. Kara writes:

Luckily, sometimes these attention-catchers are more than just gimmicks. For example, Catoctin’s latest Ragnarök bottling focused on rye aged with unusual woods. After chief distiller Becky Harris oversaw the aging, the GWAR team sampled all the variations. “They decided what they wanted their Ragnarök to be,” Scott Harris says. “They ended up with sugar maple and cherrywood,” and a bottling that shows gentle vanilla and hazelnut tones.

In earlier reviews, she gave that expression 93 points! You can see the full review, here.


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GWAR Returns for Ragnarök Review - Fred Minnick

The ghouls at GWAR are back, and this time, for Fred Minnick's review of THIS YEAR'S batch of Ragnarök Rye. There's lots of filthy talk about various things that only GWAR knows about, so we recommend starting the video at minute 10:00, where the real meat of the review begins.

You can see the full review, here.


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Catoctin Creek Whiskies Reviewed - The Whiskey Wash

We received two stellar reviews from The Whiskey Wash this month. The team at WW sampled both the Roundstone Rye 80 Proof and the Roundstone Rye 92 Proof "Distiller's Edition." Highlights from the reviews:

Roundstone Rye 80 Proof - A highly complex rye whisky with a pleasant long finish. (4.5 / 5)

Roundstone Rye 92 Proof - This is a smoky, woody, and hearty rye overall, with a well-balanced and broad flavor profile offering lots of interesting character notes between the nose and palate. (4 / 5)

You can read the full article, here

Image via Jennifer Williams/The Whiskey Wash.


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