Catoctin Creek 92 Proof Roundstone Rye Whiskey (750ml)
92 Proof is considered Catoctin Creek's "distiller's reserve", made by selecting about one barrel in ten: "Because all of our spirits are single barrel expressions, we noticed that some of the barrels were taking on a more complex taste, and more spice and hints of citrus. These we began setting aside as our "distillers reserve" and we bottle it at 92 proof. The 92 proof is our most popular product internationally and in New York City."
Tasting note: Bright polished copper. Complex and expressive with choc-peppermint, dark rye and light pepper followed by sponge cake, vanilla and candied citrus peel. Oaky and slightly acidic on entry and spicier than the nose suggests. More creamy and soft textured in the mid palate stage with flavours of tea biscuits, vanilla and a late surge of spicy warmth. Suggestions of peppermint chocolate in the aftertaste adding freshness and balance. A broad appeal 'Bou-Rye' style with plenty of character. Non chill filtered. 46% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... the rye here really is deliciously on song! 88 points- Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2018
87 points (Silver Medal - Highly Recommended) "A very spice forward rye that will pop in cocktails."
– Beverage Testing Institute, February 18, 2015