American Whiskey - Rye

Catoctin Creek Distillery Cask Proof Roundstone Organic Rye Whiskey

From: Virginia, United States Liquor Review Category: Rye American Whiskey

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2013

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2015

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Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whiskey is one of the signature rye spirits from the Virginia microdistillery. The 100% organic rye spirit is aged in Minnesota White Oak--smaller barrels that include an immersion of "spirals" (shavings or shards of oak) to accelerate the aging process and add a certain robustness to the flavor. The cask proof expression was first released in 2012 in direct response to customer demand. It is bottled at a much higher strength (straight from the barrel and uncut). The initial release was limited to 100 bottles. 

The name "Roundstone" is meant to be a tribute to small town in Ireland where Catoctin Creek founders Scott and Becky Harris stayed for a time. They were so taken with the town's hospitality that they repaid them with the highest honor they could think of: the name for their rye whiskey.

Not surprising, given the proof, the experts at the 2013 Beverage Testing Institute suggested drinking with a "bit a water." 

Catoctin Creek Distillery was founded in 2009 by Scott and Becky Harris on principles of purity of ingredients, including 100% organic certification, which was obtained in May, 2010. The name comes from the Native American kittoctin translated as "place of many deer" and which lends its name to a local creek, which runs east to the Chesapeake Bay. Becky Harris has a background in chemical engineering and runs matters pertaining to their German-made copper column still. Scott Harris's first career was in information technology. In 2011, they were given a "Silver Certified" and given the Innovation Award by the 2011 Green Business Challenge. In 2012, they expanded to a new 300 gallon Kothe still and moved to a largre building in Purcellville, Virginia. This is a distillery we have visited personally! Read about our experience in our article Wildcatting at Catoctin Creek Distillery.

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