I hope you enjoyed receiving your tasting box and I look forward to introducing you to Virginia’s most awarded whisky, Roundstone Rye.
In the videos below you are invited to join me at Ken’s Bar to make a Manhattan (and I squeeze in how to make a Sazerac too) and pull up a chair with me for a Roundstone Rye Tasting Session. You will find most of the ingredients in your box with a few additions (mainly equipment) as noted below.
Two further videos allow you to join me on a Virtual Distillery Tour and for those who want to see beyond the distillery and learn about the history of rye let Otto and I take you on a hike to see Virginia country. Next to each of our four videos you will find our recommendations for preparations to get the most out of your viewing.
We popped a local newspaper into your tasting box to give you a feel of the day to day goings on in our county and have also prepared a Spotify playlist of Virginia’s finest to complete your experience of Virginia rye whisky.
Scott Harris, founder, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company
How to Make a Manhattan
Step-by-Step method filmed in Ken’s Bar, Catoctin Creek, Virginia.
Bonus: also includes instructions on how to make a Sazerac
Ingredients to make a Manhattan
2oz Roundstone Rye 92 proof (American’s 3rd best rye, awarded 2020 by Wine Enthusiast)
1oz Italian Vermouth
A few dashes of Bitters
A few cocktail cherries (and a splash of the syrup)
Ingredients to make a Sazerac:
2 oz Roundstone Rye 92 proof (American’s 3rd best rye, awarded 2020)
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Four dashes of Peychaud's Bitters
Splash of Absinthe
Large ice for serving
Equipment for both cocktails:
A large glass to mix the cocktail in
Jigger (if available)
A coupe glass (or similar) for serving the Manhattan
A chunky glass for serving the Sazerac
Roundstone Rye Tasting Session
Filmed in the Tasting Room of Catoctin Creek Distillery.
Join founder Scott Harris as he guides you through the three varieties of Virginia's most-awarded rye whisky.
- Roundstone Rye 80 proof
- Roundstone Rye 92 Proof Distillers Edition (American’s 3rd best rye, awarded 2020 by Wine Enthusiast)
- Roundstone Rye Cask Proof
A Virtual Distillery Tour
Take a walk around the distillery with the founder Scott Harris on a busy production day. Starting from Main Street entrance you’ll see the mash tank, the fermenters, Barney and Ron (the distillery’s two hybrid potstills), empty barrels ready for filling and finally the bottling station.
Sitting comfortably, with a glass of Roundstone Rye or perhaps a Manhattan or Sazerac.
The History of Rye Whisky
Take a mountain hike with Scott and distillery pup Otto to see the landscape that creates Virginia rye whisky and enjoy a brief history on how production began.
This will be the easiest hike you will ever take! Sit comfortably and pour a glass of Roundstone Rye to sip and taste the essence of the Virginia landscape as you explore it.
Spotify #RyeJanuary Playlist
Here is a Spotify #RyeJanuary Playlist for you to enjoy while sipping some delicious Roundstone Rye. Pull up your favorite chair, pour yourself a healthy pour, and relax and enjoy this Appalachian mood.
Thank you very much for your interest in Catoctin Creek.
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