Catoctin Creek launches Roundstone Rye in UKBy Nicola Carruthers
Virginia-based Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has released three Roundstone Rye whiskeys in the UK.
Based in Loudoun County in the north of Virginia, Catoctin Creek produces whiskey, gin and brandy. In January 2017, Svedka Vodka owner Constellation Brands acquired a minority stake in Catoctin Creek.
Consumers in the UK will be able to purchase Roundstone Rye in three variants: 80 Proof (40% ABV), Distiller’s Edition 92 Proof (46% ABV) and Cask Proof (58.9% ABV).
The whiskeys are available to buy from 10 retailers: Masters of Malt, The Whisky Exchange, Native Spirits, Urban Drinks, Southport Whisky, The Little Whisky Shop, Spirit Specialist, Vinovero, Dram Good Drinks, and Drink Specialist.
Roundstone Rye 80 Proof has notes of caramel, butter toffee, and a hint of lemon. The Distiller’s Edition is described as the ‘culmination of several years of planning’ and has been created specifically for flavour. Meanwhile, the higher-ABV Cask Proof whiskey is released around twice a year.
Roundstone Rye 80 Proof is priced at £37 (US$50), Distiller’s Edition 92 Proof is priced at £55 (US$75) while the Cask Proof offering carries an RRP of £85 (US$116).
To mark its UK launch, Catoctin Creek is inviting consumers to celebrate ‘Rye January’ this month and the brand’s links to Prohibition. Drinkers can visit the Catoctin Creek website to enjoy guided tastings, a history of Virginia, rye, and Prohibition, and a virtual tour of the distillery. The brand has also created a Rye January playlist on Spotify.