About Catoctin Creek Ragnarök Rye Whisky
Located in Purcellville, Virginia, Catoctin Creek is the first legal distillery to open its doors in Loudoun County since Prohibition. Gwar is a heavy metal band that was formed in Virginia in 1984 and is known for donning grotesque costumes based on elaborate mythology, constructed around the group. The band teamed up with the distillery to release Catoctin Creek Ragnarök Rye, "such a powerful spirit. A delicious sacrament to drink in preparation for battle, and it’ll get you really, really crazy,” in the words of The Berserker Blothar of Gwar. Distilled in a pot still and aged in charred new white oak, the 92-proof rye whiskey was finished in sugar maple and cherrywood, making for a wonderfully unique expression.
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About Catoctin Creek
"I felt every bounce and every pothole on that entire road like they were tank traps," says Scott Harris, who found himself personally delivering the first shipment of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company spirits in a pickup truck. "I must have pulled over to check the bottles in the truck six different times," he says with a laugh. Together with his wife, Rebecca, Scott founded Catoctin Creek Distilling Company Distilling Company in 2009. Located in Purcellville, Virginia (population: 7,727), the distillery — situated in the heart of Virginia's wine country — is surrounded by the vines of over thirty different wineries.
Scott, who graduated from Georgia Tech and previously worked as a software engineer, handles the marketing and distribution of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company spirits. Rebecca, who received a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and worked for years as a chemist at Amoco Foam and CIBA Vision, does "the lion's share of the distilling," Scott sheepishly admits.
As American as the bald eagle, rye whiskey was first brewed in the American Northeast in the 1600s. Even George Washington distilled it after leaving the Oval Office, so there’s no way of denying its origin.
It’s distinguished from bourbon for its original and unique spicy notes.
By law, rye whiskey must be made from at least 51% rye grain, aged in new and charred oak barrels for at least two years, and bottled at no more than 62,5% ABV.
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