Review: Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin

Review: Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin

We’ve explored plenty of brown spirits from Virginia’s Catoctin Creek, from their core lineup to the occasional limited-edition whiskey and even a rye made in bizarre collaboration with a heavy metal band. But it has taken us far too long to review the only clear spirit in the distillery’s portfolio, its Watershed Gin. Named for the Chesapeake Bay watershed, into which their namesake Catoctin Creek flows, this gin is made from a secret mix of herbs and spices and the same 100% rye base used in the rest of the core lineup. Let’s take it for a spin.

The aroma is fresh and bright with notes of dry juniper, sweet citrus, and exotic florals. Despite the big botanical elements, there’s ample evidence of the organic rye at its core with a healthy black pepper spice, a cereal sweetness, and some chalky minerality. The palate is wonderfully rounded with a full mouthfeel, creamy texture, and warming, minty spice. Notes of sweet resin and rose hip give way to candied lemon peel, cinnamon, and fennel before receding into a long, licorice-filled finish. An excellent cocktail base, to be sure, but just as enjoyable neat or over ice.

92 proof.


Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin




Drew Beard is assistant editor for Drinkhacker and winner of several booze-related merit badges, including Certified Specialist in Spirits and Executive Bourbon Steward. A former federal employee turned hotelier and spirits journalist, he looks forward to his next midlife crisis.

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