We were delighted to receive a review in the recent issue of Wine Enthusiast for Roundstone Rye. The bottle reviewed was submitted over 2 years ago, so we almost forgot completely about it. Since then, the whisky has gotten older and more complex, having the benefit of aging in our off-premise barn/rickhouse. The newest bottles being sold today... well, we just keep getting better!
89 - Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye (USA; Catoctin Creek Distilling, Purcellville, VA). This single-barrel whiskey is made from 100% rye and aged for less than two years. In the glass, it has an orange-amber hue and aroma that melds oak, malt and vanilla. On the palate, vanilla leads, with oakiness winding into a baking-spice finish. A good match for Manhattans.
You can read the full review, here, or click the image at right.
EX-IM Bank (The Export-Import Bank of the United States) is a government-supported bank that provides lending for US companies doing exports. Normally, an organization like this is mostly ignored by the general public, but for small businesses like ours, it is a crucial tool for encouraging US exports. In particular, the bank makes low cost insurance policies to guarantee invoices from foreign suppliers. This is important because it is usually necessary to extend credit terms to our foreign suppliers, but we cannot bear the risk if one of those suppliers fails to pay us for our goods. EX-IM fills in the gap with a low-cost insurance policy that allows us to extend terms, and vets for us the foreign company for credit-worthiness.
The EX-IM Bank is one of the organizations that could be de-funded by a lackluster, do-nothing congress. Luckily for Catoctin Creek, our senators from Virginia are helping to fight the good fight:
“At a time when U.S. exporters and manufacturers are already suffering from substantial economic uncertainty in Europe, they should not be subjected to additional uncertainty manufactured by Washington. The Export-Import Bank supports hundreds of thousands of American jobs tied to exports and helps businesses across Virginia export hundreds of millions of dollars in goods and services each year,” said Sens. Warner and Kaine. “The Export-Import Bank levels the playing field for U.S. exporters – many of them small businesses – by matching the financing that other governments provide to their exporters, and it does so at no cost to the taxpayer. In fact, over the last two decades, the Ex-Im Bank has actually helped reduce the deficit by generating nearly $7 billion more than it costs to operate.”
The Senators noted, “The Bank has operated for more than 80 years and has been reauthorized 16 times with bipartisan support under 13 different Presidents, Republican and Democrat. Congressional leadership should be ashamed for allowing this important job-creating tool to expire for the first time in its history.”
Read the full story, here, and be sure to voice your support with your local congress and senators.
We got some lovely coverage in the news regarding our RAMMY award last night. Seems a man in a kilt always makes a good impression. Writing for the Washington Post, Becky Krystal writes:
The black-tie event brought out its share of dresses long and short, tuxes and, oh, yeah, that tie-dyed suit we spotted behind the Atlas Brew Works table. And kilts! We spied multiple examples of this traditional Scottish apparel, including the one worn by Scott Harris, whose Catoctin Creek distillery, run with his wife, Becky, collected the award for regional food and beverage producer of the year.
Meredith Bethune, writing for Eater DC, also enjoyed the kilted men:
It seemed like anyone who wore a kilt automatically won this year. Scott Harris of Catoctin Creek said he spent a good chunk of money on one during a trip to Scotland, so he wears it whenever possible. Harris was the first to accept an award in Scottish gear, followed by Mark Benson from Bar Pilar and Neil Blackwood from Mintwood Place. Sue Palka of FOX 5 DC told the crowd, "I’m so buying my husband a kilt! I love ‘em!"
Here are some of the Washington DC area news outlets covering the 2015 RAMMY awards last night:
Last weekend, we were invited back to appear on Foodie and the Beast on Federal News Radio. Nycci and David had the finalists in the Beverage Producers category (ourselves, DC Brau, New Columbia, and Early Mountain Vineyards) on the show to talk about the RAMMYs and what it meant to each of us to be nominated for the award.
We slung the cocktail shaker to pour our signature cocktail for the gala, The Devil and His Wife. It was a great show! You can hear the show on their site, here, or download the podcast, here.
It took us a while to find this, but whiskey blogger "...tire-bouchon" reviewed our first bottling for Single Cask Nation, our Catoctin Creek 2 year old whisky, back in June, 2014. This was a very special dram, the first American whiskey ever bottled by Single Cask Nation, and we're very glad that the reviewer loved it!
Like I expected it is a very interesting whiskey. It would definitely pair amazingly well with Turkish coffee and might replace my beloved Metaxa there. I also can see that it would go well with mellow, not so spicy cigars for a long after dinner conversation or with eggy desserts like Mexican flan or creme caramel. It is a whisky you don't want to rush for sure. It's thick, bold, full of flavors and needs your attention and time... Looks like this bottle will keep company to me quite a long time. By the way remember that this whiskey is only two years old. Kind of mind blowing if you think about it...
You can read the entire review, here.
Always nice that when a magazine is covering the Washington DC area, that we get a special mention! A great little call out for Catoctin Creek from DuJour in their Summer 2015 issue!
To enjoy Loudoun County, Virginia's thriving wine and liquor scene, look no further than Purcellville distillery Catoctin Creek, founded by chemical engineer Becky Harris and her project-manager husband, Scott Harris. "Scott likes to say that 20 years of government contracting taught him a great love of drinking," jokes Becky.
Learn more about DuJour, here.
Some nice coverage for Loudoun County and the surrounding areas of Virginia from Dreamscapes, a travel and lifestyle magazine out of Canada. They had a nice visit at the distillery, and gave us a little shout-out!
Contemporary entrepreneurs are clinking their glasses in the northwest corner of Virginia. In small-town Purcellville, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, chemical engineer Becky Harris took a career detour and together with husband Scott established the Catoctin Creek Distilling Company. Building a distillery from the ground up takes a dose of moxie and the go-getter vision of how art and science intersect.
For the full article, click here.
Environmental Entrepreneurs, an organization that works for clean energy and sustainability, wrote a brief case study on how Catoctin Creek is improving both their carbon footprint and their bottom line by using solar energy.
The solar array offsets about 85 percent of the distillery’s electrical usage. On sunny days, energy generated by the array is equivalent to five households’ worth of electricity – and the distillery even returns energy into the grid for others to use.
Read the full story, here.
Jake Emen, writing for the Washington City Paper, got the scoop on our newest whiskey since we started the company: Rabble Rouser® Straight Rye Whisky. This is among the oldest whiskey we have produced, clocking in at four years old, making it one of the oldest whiskeys in all of craft spirits today.
Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, best known for its Roundstone Rye, is preparing to unveil a new addition to its rye whiskey portfolio: Rabble Rouser. Whereas Roundstone Rye is aged for just under two years, Rabble Rouser will be four years old when it's released in October. Not only is that double the amount of time required for the spirit to legally qualify as a "straight" rye whiskey, it also makes Catoctin Creek one of just a few craft distilleries producing rye whiskey of that age.
Read the full story, here.
Catoctin Creek got a nice mention in Star2.com's profile on 44 Bar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Thanks to the work of our southeast Asian importer, Liberty Spirits Asia, Ltd., our products are showing up all over the region.
One of the spirits to benefit most from the recent rise of craft spirits in the US is rye whiskey. Located in Purcellville, Virginia, Catoctin Creek Distillery’s 100% rye whiskies are aged in new American oak casks and are certified eco-ganic products.
You can read the full story, here.
The Whiskey Cats are a team of three boisterous ladies who gather and consume various whiskies and tell us about it on their podcast. This week's show has them tasting two ryes, our own Roundstone Rye, and a rye from Oregon called Finn's. Both are produced very similarly, but it's fun to listen to how different the two spirits are.
Listen to the podcast on Soundcloud by clicking here.
E-man Booze and his blog, Main Street Distilleries, has selected Catoctin Creek as their distillery of the month. We may actually be the first of his profiled distilleries to actually have a Main Street address! E-man does a nice profile on the company, the spirits, and our history, and then wraps up the column with an insightful Q&A session with founder Scott Harris:
The essence of historic Virginia rye whiskey – fashioned from 100% rye grain – is gloriously captured in Mosby’s Spirit, an un-aged version of Catoctin Creek’s wildly popular Roundstone Rye Whiskey.
Read the entire story, here.