GSN Review: Catoctin Creek Ragnarök Rye

Catoctin Creek Ragnarök Rye is a 92-proof intergalactic rye whisky that is pot stilled, then aged in charred new white oak, sugar maple and cherrywood. This year’s bottle includes new and improved collectable metal die cast toppers representing all five band members of GWAR: Blóthar the Berserker; Balsac the Jaws of Death; Jizmak da Gusha; Beefcake the Mighty; and Pustulus Maximus.  

Up to 100 five-packs of Ragnarök Rye featuring a bottle topper of each GWAR band member will be available to order. Each purchase includes a chance to win a guitar signed by the band, a signed barrel head, or GWAR tickets for life. 

The bottle’s new commemorative whisky label also matches the artwork from GWAR’s new album, “The New Dark Ages,” which was released digitally and as a CD, and vinyl and cassette on Sept. 16 via the band’s label, Pit Records. 

Up to 700 cases of Ragnarök Rye (92 proof/46% ABV) are available throughout Catoctin Creek’s national distribution footprint; 300 cases will be on sale in the distillery’s online store for curbside pickup or direct shipping in Virginia only, limited to three bottles per customer. Online orders can be purchased through BuyVirginiaRye.com

GSN’s Remarks: The cherrywood comes through immediately, adding a fruity, cobbler-like character. Very flavorful, but light in body. Curiously, the rye spice is almost subversive to the cherry and sweetness of the sugar maple barrels, coming in only towards the beginning of a long finish. Elements of baking spices, candied nuts, cinnamon toast and brown bread carry through the experience. A very easy to drink Rye that doubles as a great talking piece on your back bar. Now go listen to some GWAR! GSN Rating: A-

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GSN Spirited News: May 11th 2021 Edition

Covered Bridges Whiskey Co. is launching Ruddell’s Mill Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Named for the Ruddell’s Mill Covered Bridge, erected in 1861 over Bourbon County’s Stoner Creek, the new entry retails at $60 and is non-chill filtered and bottled at 46.1% abv.

San Francisco, California’s Hotaling & Co. has brought Severo, a new luxury priced Tequila, to the U.S. The Tequila, made by the team behind Tequila Don Roberto, comes in four expressions—Blanco, Reposado, Añejo, and Cristalino—all bottled at 40% and priced from $50 to $80. The Severo portfolio is now available in California and New Jersey, with Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Texas coming soon, ahead of a full national push.

Purcellville, Virginia’s Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. has announced the May 28 release of Ragnarök Rye, the distillery’s collaboration with metal band Gwar. The 46% abv whiskey was first matured in new charred American oak barrels before finishing in cherrywood and sugar maple. Each bottle of Ragnarök is topped with a cast metal stopper featuring one of the five members of Gwar. The limited release will retail for $99 a 750-ml. and will be available in Catoctin Creek’s U.S. distribution footprint, which covers 29 markets.

Heaven Hill is releasing Square 6 Kentucky Straight Bourbon. The new brand was produced at the distillery within the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in Louisville and its name is a reference to the original plot of land where Williams built Kentucky’s first commercial distillery in 1783. The first Square 6 expression is High Rye Bourbon with a mashbill of 52% corn, 35% rye, and 13% malted barley. It was distilled one barrel per day in the distillery’s copper pot still, aged five years, and bottled at 95 proof. Square 6 is a limited release, available at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience and at select Kentucky retailers for $90 a 750-ml.

Bombay Sapphire is launching Bombay Bramble, a new gin featuring berry flavors. It’s the brand’s first new release since Bombay Sapphire East in 2011. Bombay Bramble features real fruit infusion and is a crimson red color, with the flavor of blackberries and raspberries without concentrates, additional sugars, or additives. It’s at 43% abv and comes out this month, with wide availability by June, retailing for $23 a 750-ml. 

Diageo has announced George Dickel Bottled in Bond Spring 2007 Vintage, the latest annual release in the brand’s series of limited edition bonded whiskies. This third whiskey in the series is a 13-year-old Bourbon and is now rolling out in select markets across the U.S., retailing at $45 a 750-ml. The Fall 2005 vintage release was named Whisky Advocate’s Whisky of the Year in 2019.

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily