Catoctin Creek Distilling was awarded one gold and two silver medals in the 2016 American Whiskey Masters contest run by The Spirits Business in London.
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Cask Proof won gold, while Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye and Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye 92 Proof both won silvers.
“We are so grateful for the medals from the United Kingdom. Our distillery is still quite small, so we’ve always focused first and foremost on quality,” stated Scott Harris, who founded the distillery along with his wife and chief distiller, Becky. “I’m extremely proud of the excellent quality whiskey that Becky produces, and thrilled that the world has noticed.”
The distillery got more good news last week as the Virginia ABC approved direct sales from distilleries to Virginia restaurants, bars, and other mixed-beverage licensees. That allows restaurants to purchase spirits from distilleries just as they would from designated ABC stores—at the same prices, without charging sales tax, and with the bottles marked with a sticker to ensure compliance with ABC rules.
“This is a great step forward,” Harris said. “We have—for some time now—received numerous requests from restaurants, especially for our special releases, which have not been feasible to deliver through the ABC special order system. Too many times, special orders were lost, unfulfilled or rerouted, so the system just didn’t work well for small-batch special releases.”