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Top 10 Rye Whiskies

Top 10 Rye Whiskies

Top 10 Rye Whiskies

When we think of October it’s mainly football, raking leaves, carving pumpkins, Halloween, drinking pumpkin ale, smoking a cohiba, hell even enjoying a spicy pumpkin latte if we’re  feeling crazy, but more importantly, October is all about pouring those spicy Rye Whiskies – our focus for Rye-tober!

Growing up in Ohio I grew to love some of Canada’s finest whiskies which included Canadian Club, Crown Royal, Black Velvet and Seagram’s VO.  These whiskies seemed easier to find than the Kentucky “bourbons” even though some of them shared a similar mash bill of grains and ryes.  However once I discovered Pikesville Rye (a Kentucky Rye), I couldn’t keep my private stash of Pikesville stocked full.  For those that don’t know there is an entire spectrum of rye whiskeys from 100% Rye on down. There’s Empire Rye, Indiana-Style Rye, Monogahela Rye, High Rye, Kentucky Rye, and even High Rye Bourbon to name a few.

To continue our Top 10 “theme” we are highlighting our Top 10 Rye Whiskies that we believe will compliment the Fall Season and our launching of our VA Distillery Series.  This month we are featuring Catoctin Creek Distillery, the distillers of multi-awarded Rye Whiskies.

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We were able to get away and spend an afternoon with the folks at Catoctin Creek in Purcellville, VA and aside from their top-notch hospitality, they distill an excellent 92 Proof Roundstone Rye (100% Rye) that has become a crowd favorite.

Here are our 10 Rye Whiskey Favorites that we think will instantly bring spice into anyone’s life:

  1. Pikesville Rye
  2. Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye
  3. Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye
  4. High West Rendevous Rye
  5. New Riff Rye Whiskey
  6. Bulleitt Rye
  7. Sazerac Rye
  8. Angel’s Envy Rye
  9. Knob Creek Small Batch Rye
  10. Lock Stock & Barrel 16 Year

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VA Distillery Series: Catoctin Creek Distillery

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Catoctin Creek Distillery

Catoctin Creek Distillery

Catoctin Creek® was founded by Becky and Scott Harris in 2009 as the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition. Catoctin Creek is located in Purcellville, Virginia, in the heart of the Loudoun Valley. 

Virginia is the birthplace of American Whiskey, and at Catoctin Creek, they faithfully dedicate themselves to that tradition, producing Virginia’s most awarded whisky—Roundstone Rye!

The name “Catoctin” is a regional name. Pronounced Ka-TOCK-tin, the name derives from the Indian tribal name “Kittocton” which, legend has it, meant “place of many deer”.

Catoctin describes a range of mountains and the eponymous creek which flows picturesquely past the distillery and into the Potomac River and Chesapeake Watershed.

At Catoctin Creek, they believe in high-quality food and spirits as they source their grain and fruit from local sources, free of pesticides and chemical additives that would come through in the spirits they produce.

The results are the finest, cleanest spirits possible, with the greatest attention to detail in every single bottle they produce.

Virginia’s Most Awarded Spirits

At Catoctin Creek, they’ve been making internationally acclaimed spirits, from locally sourced ingredients,  in Purcellville, Virginia, since 2009. Their flagship product, Roundstone Rye, has been awarded gold medals across the globe (London, New York, San Francisco), and is a fantastic rye whisky replicating old-world production methods.

Please enjoy learning more about their full line of products as we at Vartender continue to enjoy.

Catoctin Creek Distillery is also available for PRIVATE EVENTS, like weddings, birthday parties, and corporate functions.

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