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Staff Pick

Catoctin Creek Rabble Rouser Rye

Item # 34112 750mL
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Country
USA
Region
ABV
50.00%
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Tasting Notes

At four-years-old, this is one of the oldest craft whiskies on the market. Scott Harris and team pull out all the stops for this very special limited offering, distilling the 100% rye mash to a lower proof and capturing a significant amount of extra flavors typically lost to the stills and bottling at 100 proof. Harris is planting his flag firmly in the territory of traditional American whiskey and if this bottling is any indication of the future, well let's just say it is looking very bright. Notes include nectarines, clover honey, deep earthy spice, forest, sandalwood, cigar tobacco, uncured bacon, a hint of mesquite, white peache,s and peanuts.


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Staff Pick Notes

Do you long for a robust whiskey? Rabble Rouser is easily the best I've had all year. What it lacks in age statement and pedigree is more than made up for with real character. Tasting it for the first time, I enjoyed a depth of flavor I've never experienced with another rye. It reminded me of Belgian waffles baked dark and chocolate chip cookies without the sugar. Big spice, too. This caramelized grain flavor is the antithesis of what people dislike about young craft whiskey, that unresolved raw flour sensation on the mid-palate. In a category full of heritage brands, scarcity performs a strange seduction. I guess some people enjoy the hunt for whatever the whiskey blogs are talking about, but if you'd like something more than a trophy, give Catoctin Creek a shot.

- TT