Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, best known for its Roundstone Rye, is preparing to unveil a new addition to its rye whiskey portfolio: Rabble Rouser. Whereas Roundstone Rye is aged for just under two years, Rabble Rouser will be four years old when it's released in October. Not only is that double the amount of time required for the spirit to legally qualify as a “straight” rye whiskey, it also makes Catoctin Creek one of just a few craft distilleries producing rye whiskey of that age.
"We felt there wasn't much out there that's four [years old] yet, in terms of craft brands," says distiller Becky Harris. Most small distilleries are producing rye at two years or less. "It'll be the oldest thing we've made, and I've been hiding it away for a long time."
Catoctin Creek faces ongoing, immediate demand for its signature Roundstone Rye, so stealing away the still for an alternative product can be a challenge.
"When we started up, we were so busy doing Roundstone Rye and we were trying to get cash in the bank," explains co-owner Scott Harris. "But we would do one week every year to do something a little bit different, do a [research and development] run. This was the start of that."
The initial run of 100-proof Rabble Rouser will produce about 150 bottles, which will sell for about $60 each. The limited supply will be mostly allocated to the distillery's best retail customers and will likely be difficult to nab. Read more Catoctin Creek Will Release 4-Year-Old Rye Whiskey Called Rabble Rouser