|Catoctin Creek Distillery|
Organic, Kosher and Legal!
In 2009, Becky and Scott Harris founded Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, the first legal distillery in Loudoun County, Virginia since before Prohibition! Loudoun County, in Northern Virginia is known as D.C.'s Wine Country, home to more than twenty vineyards and wineries. And now it has a distillery, a kosher one at that! The products from Catoctin Creek are kosher certified by the Star-K, and organic as well.
The name "Catoctin", pronounced Ka-TOCK-tin, derives from the Indian tribal name "Kittocton" which, legend has it, meant "place of many deer". It also describes a range of mountains and the creek which flows picturesquely into the Potomac River and Chesapeake Watershed.
Catoctin Creek Distilling is committed to high quality food and spirits. Their products are organic, with grain and fruit sourced locally when possible, and free of pesticides and chemical additives. Why kosher? “Kosher is another way to respect the tradition of high quality foods.”
Both Becky and Scott Harris, Catoctin founders, are enjoying their new chosen career paths. Becky is an honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin, with a degree in chemical engineering. She has applied her education to the “science” of distilling. ”If there is a fruit, vegetable, tuber or root with starch or sugar in it, you can bet that Becky will try to distill it.”
Scott graduated with honors from Georgia Tech and pursued a career in IT and telecommunications. However, his passion for liquor, including Whiskey from Ireland, Scotland and the U.S., and Brandy from France and Germany, played a large part in his decision to re-focus his skills and build a new “spirited” career, based on his interests.
And now for the products:
Catoctin Creek Organic Mosby's Spirit is a multiple award winning, rye "white whisky".” It has a velvety smooth, sweet cereal taste with floral notes and citrus. If we aged this stuff, it'd be our Roundstone Rye whisky. But unaged, it is just as heavenly.” Awarded a silver medal at the 2010 New York International Spirits Competition and a bronze medal in the American Distilling Institute 2010 Whiskey Competition, it is versatile as a mixer, offering a new grainy sweetness to traditional vodka or rum cocktails. It can also be used in many recipes calling for whisky.
Catoctin Creek Organic Roundstone Rye
Catoctin Creek Organic Watershed Gin
We present some “spirited” recipes, which are personal favorites of Catoctin co–founder Scott Harris and adapted for KosherEye readers:
For more information, and where to purchase, visit CatoctinCreekDistilling.com.