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Catoctin scores big in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2018

Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2018

We were very pleased to feature so well in the latest edition of Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2018.  Nearly the entire whisky lineup was featured, with some great commentary about the distillery in general:

Braddock Oak Single Barrel Rye Whisky - 90 pts - ... brilliant delivery of brittle rye and very warming spice ... it is heart-warming to see a distillery dedicated to making rye.

Catoctin Creek Cask Proof Roundstone Rye Whisky - 88 pts - ... the thick rye is matched equally by the oily feints and brooding spice. Chewy and profound.

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Single Barrel Whisky - 87 pts - ... The thing that has to be said about Catoctin is the amazing consistency (and close scoring) of their brands ... But, as with the others, no shortage of personality.

Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whisky [92 proof] - 88 pts - ... best delivery I have tasted yet from Catoctin where the big rye presences has been nailed ... the rye here really is deliciously on song!

You can order a copy of the Whisky Bible here.

Help us help Puerto Rico. Whisky para una causa, nuestra familia!

Autumn Greetings from Catoctin Creek

Help Us Save Puerto Rico

Help Save Puerto Rico

This picture breaks my heart.  Just after Harvey and Irma walloped Texas and Florida, Puerto Rico is wiped out by Hurricane Maria.  God bless Puerto Rico, and people like San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who is seen here wading in hip-deep water and sewage with a bullhorn, trying to locate trapped people in her city.  It saddens me that we must again plea for help for our fellow Americans.  Becky and I got into this business not just to make whisky, but to make a difference in the world.  We've been very fortunate, and now we must give back.

During the month of October, all profits from the sales of our spirits, will go to Puerto Rico relief funds.  We must help where we can.  We call it "Whisky para una causa, nuestra familia!" (Whisky for a cause, our family!)

If you prefer to donate directly, most organizations are asking for cash, rather than supplies, so they can route help to where it’s needed most more quickly. Here are some of the largest groups with campaigns underway:

Thanks for listening, and on with the newsletter...

--Scott

   

A New Look -- Coming Soon!

New Label Design

Before the year is through, you will start to see new labels on the shelves.  We decided to freshen up our look a bit, and the new labels really speak to the things that matter to us most:  our sense of history, our home in Virginia, and the great whisky and gin in our bottles.  Nothing is changed inside the bottle, but you'll see the handsome new wrappers soon!

Read the full press release, here.

 

Cool events in Autumn!

There are some amazing events planned for autumn!  Check out the full list here. Be sure to join us for all the fun!   

Dinner at the DistilleryDinner at the Distillery

October 6, 7pm. Dinner will be a four-course affair, using seasonal produce and local suppliers, prepared by Chefs Wes Rosati and Maria Aros of The Wandering Chef. Enjoy a private tour of the distillery, while we personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner! This will be a magical evening, and one not to miss!! Dinner is priced at $99, and includes all four courses and cocktails.

  

Goodstone InnSnacks and Spirits: Hunt Country Happy Hour at Goodstone Inn

October 19, 5:30pm - 7pm. The Goodstone Inn and Catoctin Creek Distillery are excited to bring you our first 'Snacks & Spirits' Hunt Country Happy Hour. Let's get the weekend started a little early with hand selected Catoctin cocktails and delicious accompanying snacks. Each ticket earns you two cocktails and passed hor d'ouevres. We invite you to continue your happy hour happenings following the event or joining us downstairs in our new Conservatory for dinner.

  

Bottilng WorkshopBottling Workshop

October 21, 10am. Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a BOTTLING DAY on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 10:00am. Volunteers wanted. Learn how to bottle, cap, seal, and label Roundstone Rye. Get your chance to work the magic "whisky cow"! Or maybe you'd like to try your hands at operating "Ninette", our fancy French labeling machine!  This event is FREE to attend!

 

Jim Malcolm in ConcertFrom Scotland for his third visit - Jim Malcolm in Concert!

November 19, 12pm. We are delighted for the third visit from Jim Malcolm to Catoctin Creek!

Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”.

  

Deanna DangerRepeal Day Party with Deanna Danger!

December 5, 7:30pm - until Join us on Tuesday night, December 5th, in celebrating Repeal Day with an ass-kicking cocktail party! Your ticket includes the first round of drinks, heavy appetizers by the Wine Kitchen, plus a live performance by burlesque artist, Deanna Danger, and live jazz by Lassiez Foure. Repeal Day comes but once a year, so don't miss this rare opportunity to celebrate the repeal of the Volstead act—which established Prohibition in the first place!

Prohibition era dress is highly encouraged, but not required! Over 21 only for this event, please. Keep the kiddies at home where they'll be safe!

Tickets are $60 per person and very limited, so reserve now!

  

Cocktail of the Month – Bramblin' Man

Bramblin' Man

One of the feature cocktails for the very successful Virginia Spirits Month 2017. The Bramblin’ Man came to be after finding some amazing blackberries at our local farmers market. With blackberry cordial as the centerpiece of this cocktail, we use catoctin creek gin for its exceptionally floral notes as a foundation. Then we acidify and add a touch of violet sweetness, and round it out with a hit of absinthe and bitters for a boozy, fruity kick. Prosecco adds the effervescence and dryness to make this cocktail a perfect patio sipper.

2 oz Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin
¾ oz Blackberry Cordial
½ oz Lemon Juice
¼ oz Creme de Violette
1 dash Absinthe
1 dash Peach Bitters
1 oz Prosecco
1 sprig of thyme (For Garnish)

Combine all ingredients except Prosecco in a shaker and shake over ice. Double strain into a chilled coupe and top with prosecco. Garnish with sprig of thyme.

Courtesy Jake Rice of Brine, Fairfax, VA.

See this cocktail and hundreds more on our cocktails page.

 

So Long For Now

As always, we thank you for your support as we continue to craft the finest spirits in Virginia. Please visit our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, where you can stay up to date with the daily activities at the distillery. We are open every Tuesday through Sunday for tastings and bottle purchases, so stop by and see us sometime!

Cheers!
Scott & Becky

Press Release: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company Announces Packaging Redesign

Award-winning craft distillery partnered with Thoroughbred Spirits Group to create new label design

2017 Bottle Re-Design

PURCELLVILLE, VA—Catoctin Creek Distilling Company announces new packaging design on labels of its premium craft spirits. The new look, which will be found on all bottles throughout the Catoctin portfolio by the end of the year, was created in partnership with Thoroughbred Spirits Group.

Anchored by a new monogram and dogwood rondel, the rustic yet refined design signifies the distillery owners’ commitment to honoring the heritage of distilling in Virginia and the agrarian character of their surroundings in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located in northern Virginia’s scenic Loudoun Valley, Catoctin Creek was founded in 2009 by the husband and wife team of Becky and Scott Harris. With Scott running business operations as general manager and Becky crafting the finest spirits in the Commonwealth as chief distiller, Catoctin Creek uses local and organic ingredients to produce a variety of small-batch craft spirits, including Roundstone Rye, which holds distinction as Virginia’s most-awarded whisky.

“We started Catoctin Creek because we wanted to make something by hand that put us closer to the land at home in Virginia,” says Scott Harris. “We’re extremely excited that our new label design speaks to that sense of place, offering a look that perfectly complements the craft spirits in our bottles.”

Tasked with refreshing the Catoctin Creek brand, the team at Thoroughbred Spirits Group, a consulting firm that assists distilleries with product development, business planning, branding and distribution, focused on the key elements of Catoctin’s rural identity, building a more succinct branding hierarchy and refined packaging concept.

“Throughout the project, our vision was a clean and refined brand that feels modern, yet carefully crafted,” says Benjamin Carr creative director of Thoroughbred Spirits Group. “We couldn’t be any prouder of the brand we have developed and have truly appreciated the journey with such like-minded clients as Scott and Becky.”

Adds Jason Griffin, Thoroughbred Spirits Group’s Director of Brand Development: “We knew from the beginning of this project that we wanted to amplify Catoctin Creek’s Virginia heritage and tie together the entire portfolio with a stronger brand identity across the range.  Thoroughbred’s interpretation of the new packaging tells more than just a story; it successfully creates a strong sense of place.”

The redesigned packaging will be available on shelves in the United States and Europe by the end of the year across five widely distributed products in Catoctin Creek’s portfolio: Roundstone Rye, Roundstone Rye – 92 Proof, Roundstone Rye – Cask Proof, Watershed Gin and Rabble Rouser.

About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company:  Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (120 West Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132; Twitter: @catoctincreek) is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from organic sources, and brandy from Virginia wines. For media-related inquiries, please contact Hannah Watson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-964-0004 ext. 19, or for more information please visit www.catoctincreek.com.

About Thoroughbred Spirits Group: Since 2009, Thoroughbred has assisted the launch of 17 physical distilleries and launched over 75 brands. Our diversified team of experts offers a full suite of services for the industry, including concept and product development, financial and business planning, branding and packaging design, distillery planning, distribution and sales management, and marketing strategy. Whether you bring us on board for a single short project or a long-term partnership, Thoroughbred is committed to helping you succeed at every step along the way. For more information please visit www.tbspirits.com.

Our story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch

Distillery Sign

Jack Berninger does a really nice profile piece on the distillery and what motivated us to get started with rye.  Quoting the story:

"We settled on rye for three reasons,” Scott said. “No. 1, it was delicious; 2, nobody was making anything like it at the time. It was unique; and 3, it was the historical whiskey grain of Virginia.

Those seemed like good reasons to hitch our wagon to the rye train.”

You can read the full story, here.

Catoctin Creek on Channel 4, UK News

Catoctin Creek featured prominently in a news story on the US/UK free trade relationship. You can view the story, here:

Channel 4 News

And read further background on the topic, here.

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