2013-03-28 / Local & State

George Washington’s Whiskey Available For Sale

MOUNT VERNON, Va. – George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, will have the unaged George Washington Rye Whiskey available for sale Thursday, April 4, at 10 a.m. The whiskey was made at George Washington’s reconstructed distillery – more than 1,100 bottles of the whiskey are available for sale at $95 per bottle. It will be available for sale in-person only at the Shops at Mount Vernon at the Distillery & Gristmills gift shop (located three miles from the estate).

The unaged George Washington Rye Whiskey is the most authentic version of Washington’s whiskey available today. Washington was a detailed record keeper. Mount Vernon’s staff were able to determine from these records the recipe and process of creating whiskey during Washington’s lifetime. Distillers used the same grain recipe (60 percent rye, 35 percent corn, and 5 percent malted barley), mixed and fermented in 120-gallon oak barrels, and double distilled in copper pot stills, just as it was done 200 years ago. According to master distiller, Dave Pickerell, its nose is “slightly floral, earthy, and grainy,” with a taste that is “surprisingly sweet and mellow,” but with a bit of a bite, characteristic of unaged rye.

George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill site opens for the season on March 30. Admission to the Distillery & Gristmill site is now included in general admission: $17/adult, $8/child, 5 and under are free.

A valid ID is required to purchase the George Washington Rye Whiskey. Unfortunately, Mount Vernon cannot accommodate Internet or phone orders.

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