Thursday, November 01, 2012
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye (VA)
Catoctin Creek® Distilling Company was founded by Becky and Scott Harris in 2009 as the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition. They are located in Purcellville, Virginia, in the heart of the Loudoun Valley. Loudoun County, often called D.C.'s Wine Country, is home to more than twenty vineyards and wineries, and it now has a distillery.
Becky graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. As a chemical engineer, she worked at companies like Amoco, YDK America, and CIBA, specializing in industrial processes and production systems. Becky brought this knowledge and applied it to something she loved. Scott graduated with honors from Georgia Tech. He has spent the last twenty years building a software career in telecommunication systems and government IT solutions and traded it all in for the chance to own and run his own distillery.
The name "Catoctin" is a regional name. Pronounced Ka-TOCK-tin, the name derives from the Indian tribal name "Kittocton" which, legend has it, meant "place of many deer". Catoctin describes a range of mountains and the creek which flows picturesquely into the Potomac River and Chesapeake Watershed.
At Catoctin Creek, Scott and Becky believe that “organic” means higher quality: grain and fruit, sourced locally when possible, free of pesticides and chemical additives that would come through in the spirits they produce.
Catoctin makes a white rye whiskey called Mosby’s Spirit. It's very popular, but unfortunately, I didn't get to try it. The Roundstone Rye is aged in new Minnesota white oak casks for a time. Rye whisky is an old time favorite that is new once again. It has a delicious woody taste, with notes of caramel, rich butter toffee.
This spirit has been a critical success.
"An aroma of sweetness, vanilla, spice and leather. Spicy up front in the taste followed by round sweetness in the middle and a spicy finish. Nice warmth in the taste and finish."– Modern Distillery Age, November 25, 2011
Gold Medal – Rye Whiskey– The Fifty Best, September 21, 2012
Score: 88 "Wise beyond their age"– American Craft Spirits, September 22, 2010
Score: 87 (Silver Medal - Highly Recommended) "Wild and wooly, but entertaining."– Beverage Testing Institute, February 24, 2011
Score: 80 "Very Fresh, oily rye nose, bursts with rye spice fireworks."– Whisky Advocate, December 1, 2011
I have to say, I loved this whiskey. Really liked it. Excellent. A bottle of this, a few choice cubes of ice…wow!