Roundstone Rye Whiskey
Catoctin Creek Distilling
Peggy Noe Stevens – 7.6
Nose: Butterscotch and sugar cube. Caramel corn with a hint of ginger. Rye is heightened; yet savory tones are established.
Palate: Nice bite of rye grain. Subtle jets of black pepper and cream corn compliment and reveal. Drops of water collect the fruit to some banana and dates.
Finish: Sense of identity with coriander and cayenne. Has staying power and not a bit shy.
Comment: Quite a hot rye for 92 proof, but if you are patient it calms.
Susan Reigler – 8.0
Nose: Clean and herbal with plenty of fresh rye grass notes, some orchard fruit and light tannins. It’s all bound together with a sweet vanilla base.
Palate: The vanilla leaps out, followed by the apples and pears. A liberal expression of black pepper and herbs.
Finish: Vanilla and fruit carry through, so the oak tannins, never becomes harsh or bitter.
Comment: Very nicely balanced whiskey. It had a mild character for a rye, but is still a good example of the style.