We’ve explored loads of brown spirits from Virginia’s Catoctin Creek, from their core lineup to the occasional limited-edition whiskey and even a rye made in weird collaboration with a heavy metal band. But it surely has taken us far too lengthy to overview the one clear spirit within the distillery’s portfolio, its Watershed Gin. Named for the Chesapeake Bay watershed, into which their namesake Catoctin Creek flows, this gin is constructed from a secret mixture of herbs and spices and the identical 100% rye base utilized in the remainder of the core lineup. Let’s take it for a spin.
The aroma is contemporary and vivid with notes of dry juniper, candy citrus, and unique florals. Regardless of the massive botanical components, there’s ample proof of the natural rye at its core with a wholesome black pepper spice, a cereal sweetness, and a few chalky minerality. The palate is splendidly rounded with a full mouthfeel, creamy texture, and warming, minty spice. Notes of candy resin and rose hip give method to candied lemon peel, cinnamon, and fennel earlier than receding into a protracted, licorice-filled end. A wonderful cocktail base, to make certain, however simply as pleasing neat or over ice.