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Whereas we’ve lined a number of particular releases from Virginia’s Catoctin Creek, together with the weird and daring Ragnarok Rye and a Bottled in Bond commemorating their first decade of distilling, we’ve by no means truly appeared on the distillery’s core portfolio. At this time, we right that. Outdoors of a gin and a number of other small manufacturing brandies, the usual lineup at Catoctin Creek is all 100% rye whisky packaged beneath the Roundstone Rye label as three totally different single barrel choices: customary Roundstone Rye, Distiller’s Version, and Cask Proof. In keeping with Catoctin Creek’s husband-and-wife distilling duo, Scott and Becky Harris, every providing is identical Roundstone Rye DNA, simply showcased at a unique proof. Ideas on every comply with.
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye – The aroma is initially dominated by a barely rubbery wood-driven factor, however as issues open, extra charred oak involves the fore, with dusty notes of pecan shells, torched marshmallows, and darkish cocktail cherries. It’s an enormous aroma for the proof and solely grows extra partaking with time within the glass. The palate is much more of a stroll by means of the lumberyard with subtler secondary notes of apple sauce, heat oatmeal, and a little bit of maple syrup. There’s just a little extra physique right here than the proof would counsel, however issues are nonetheless reasonably gentle and skinny with a little bit of latent black pepper spice including the one flourish to an in any other case light and easy conclusion. 80 proof. B- / $45 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY] [BUY IT NOW FROM FROOTBAT]
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Distiller’s Version – Solely a tenth of the Catoctin Creek rye stock will get chosen for this bottling. I wouldn’t say it’s any punchier than the decrease proof sibling, however there’s positively a extra constant barrel-driven factor within the aroma. That mentioned, these wooden notes present extra steadiness and higher integration, presenting in alternating waves of darkish baking chocolate and toasted sugar with a thick accent of break up vanilla bean. The palate sees a equally improved concord of flavors with notes of burnt chocolate chip cookies, cigar field, and dusty baking spices. The end is warming with beneficiant black pepper and a little bit of black licorice. 92 proof. B+ / $53 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY] [BUY IT NOW FROM FROOTBAT]
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof – That is the rarest Roundstone providing, launched roughly twice a 12 months. Once more, the nostril isn’t practically as strong as I’d anticipate for the proof, however this time the added octane has given the aroma a extra mature high quality with notes of furnishings polish and saddle leather-based. The oak is surprisingly balanced at cask proof, coming throughout as cedar closet and sandalwood with secondary notes of vanilla custard and apple chips. The palate is daring and spicy with early, honeyed notes of pie spice, licorice, and lemon oil. In fast flip, burly oak notes emerge with a punchy astringency that overpowers different components after which kicks into excessive gear on the end, drying issues out in a lip puckering wave of sawdust, recent floor pepper, and cinnamon sticks. A great straight sipper for many who like a woody bruiser. Higher over ice or as the bottom in a real craft cocktail. 116 proof (varies barely from cask to cask). B / $90 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY] [BUY IT NOW FROM FROOTBAT]