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Catoctin Creek Organic Roundstone Rye Whisky

Two months ago, we had the pleasure of talking about whiskey on the radio. For a whole hour we and our two fellow guests fielded questions from the well-prepared host, and some interesting listeners… One of whom told us his mother used to treat his colds and sicknesses by feeding him a mixture of whiskey, honey, hot water, lemon, Marmite and cod liver oil.

Anyhoo, one of our fellow guests was Becky Harris, the distiller at Catoctin Creek.  A chemical engineer by training, she aptly described whiskey-making as an art employing science.  She also shared with us samples—the most tasty of which was Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye.

This 100% rye is USDA certified organic.  And it is a unique spirit.  At a whiskey tasting party we attended a year ago, three ryes were set out and this one was preferred by most tipplers. That is because most ryes tend to be peppery, which makes them a bit intense for many drinkers.  Roundstone Rye (80 proof), meanwhile, is oily of body, and slightly sour. It offers up notes of caramel, butterscotch, and barrel.  With a little water this whiskey takes on a creamy texture.  We are glad to have the acquaintance of this spirit, and its maker.  (Rating ****)

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