Scott and Becky Harris Catoctin Creek

Scott and Becky Harris, owners of Catoctin Creek Distillery in Purcellville.

Purcellville-based Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. recently received high ratings from Wine Enthusiast magazine, and the distillery will be featured in the upcoming February/March issue.

The Wine Enthusiast tasting panel awarded five scores of 90 points or more out of 100 for all five rye whiskies submitted by Catoctin Creek.

Catoctin Creek’s Roundstone Rye Whisky “Distiller’s Edition” was the craft distillery’s highest-scoring product, earning a “superb” rating of 94 on the panel’s 100-point scale. The other four products received “excellent” scores of either 90 or 91.

“As a distillery dedicated to producing Virginia’s most awarded rye whisky, these are some of the most exciting accolades we’ve received in our 11-year history,” founder Scott Harris said in a prepared statement. “We’re thrilled to be adding additional accolades to our list by the revered Wine Enthusiast panel. The consistent scoring of our rye whisky product line is not only a win for us, but also a win for the commonwealth of Virginia, where we source our ingredients and hand-craft each product daily.”

The Wine Enthusiast ratings include: 94 points for Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whisky “Distiller's Edition” 92 Proof; 91 points for Catoctin Creek Rabble Rouser Rye Whisky 2018 Bottled in Bond; 91 points for Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whisky Cask Proof; 90 points for Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whisky 80 Proof; and 90 points for Braddock Oak Rye Single Barrel.

Wine Enthusiast hosts the tasting panel annually, reviewing wine, beer and spirits from across the globe. The publication will include Catoctin Creek in their digital tasting panel database starting in February and will release the February/March issue on Feb. 18.

Founded by Scott and Becky Harris in 2009, Catoctin Creek has made a name for itself as the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since Prohibition.

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Chris McHale

I'll drink to that.

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