News and Press Releases - 2023

Rabble Rouser scores 92 points - WhiskyCast

We are always grateful for a positive review, and Mark Gillespie, at WhiskyCast, has been doing it for longer than most people.  He reviews Rabble Rouser Bottled in Bond Rye Whisky in his latest podcast, around about minute 38:00 in the podcast:

The nose has touches of nectarines, baking spices, sandalwood, honey, and a hint of tobacco.  The taste is thick and chewy, with peaches, nectarines, clove, cinnamon, and white pepper, along with a hint of cherry pipe tobacco.  The finish fades slowly to a subtle dry and nutty finish. I'm scoring the Catoctin Creek Rabble Rouser Rye a 92.

You can hear the full podcast, here.


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Local Craft Spirits Industry Steps Up for Inclusion - WJLA TV

Becky Harris stopped by WJLA-TV's Good Morning Washington show today to talk about a new program in the craft spirits industry:

The ACSA has launched its second class for its Spirits Training Entrepreneurship Program for Underrepresented Professionals (STEPUP Foundation) .

ACSA’s STEPUP Foundation is a diversity initiative that aims to help combat the lack of diversity in the industry by providing underserved and underrepresented individuals with the training, encouragement, and opportunities needed to enter the craft spirits community through a comprehensive year-long, immersive internship program.

As co-founder and chief distiller of Catoctin Creek, Becky understands the challenges craft distillers, especially women producers, face every day to make their presence known. To her and the ACSA Board of Directors, the more diverse the industry, the more diverse the flavor, the bigger the growth and opportunities.

You can watch the videos and read the full story, here Be sure to scroll down to the bottom to see both videos.


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Blind Whiskey Battle: Classic Ryes Face-Off - Uproxx

Zach Johnston of UPROXX sat down with ten rye whiskies, most of whom are big established brands, and blind tasted his way through the lot.  This was a pretty impressive set of ryes to be compared with, so it was great that we held our own in the rankings:

The nose opens with a deep and sweet red fruitiness that gives way to a light winter spice mix, some caramel, and maybe a hint of Cream of Wheat cut with brown sugar. ... There’s a light but dark orange citrus vibe on the palate that leads to lemon pepper, vanilla pudding cups, and more of that winter spice with a dash of bitter espresso bean. ... The espresso note drives the finish toward clove buds and cinnamon bark with a creamy porridge crafty sweetness counterpoint.

You can read the full story, here.


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56 American Whiskies Under $100 You Need to Try - Food & Wine

Brian Freedman of Food & Wine created the ultimate list of whiskies under $100 that you need to try, including our Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof - Maple Finish:

Produced in pot stills in Virginia and then finished in a single maple syrup barrel and cask-proof bottled at 58.8% ABV, this is generous, fresh, and sweetly spiced. Maple candies, dried currants, and black cherry notes shimmer with candied violets, and are anchored by bananas foster and French toast with a grace note of wintergreen at the edges.

You can read the full story, here.


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