This cask bottling, distilled in August of 2011, spent three and a half years maturing in a Sonoma County Chardonnay white wine cask from the Francis Ford Coppola winery. It then kissed new charred oak before being bottled. Cask #107 was bottled March 2015 and yielded 251 bottles at a natural cask strength of 62.4% ABV.
Our tasting notes are as follows:
Nose: Waxy texture, bursting with red fruits, warm rum carrot cake, nutmeg and brown spices with distinct blackberry tea elements
Palate: Silky entrance with pronounced rye spice, toasted caraway seeds, crushed dates, and tangerine zest
Finish: Long and satisfying with a bread pudding-like savory sweetness and the slightest suggestion of salt
On the label: Waxy and bright with blackberry tea on the nose, pronounced rye spice in the mouth, and a satisfying bread pudding-like finish
Catoctin Creek® Distilling Company was founded by Becky and Scott Harris in 2009 as the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition. They are located in Purcellville, Virginia, in the heart of the Loudoun Valley. Loudoun County, often called D.C.'s Wine Country, is home to more than twenty vineyards and wineries, and one distillery.
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 creek which flows picturesquely into the Potomac River and Chesapeake Watershed.
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