George Washington’s Whiskey For Sale?

George Washington was a brewer, well, a distiller. Not just that, he was the largest distiller of his time producing more than 10k gallons of whiskey in 1799 alone.

As early as 1789 Washington wanted Americans drinking only home grown spirits, so he presented his “buy American” policy indicating he will only drink porter made in America.

From the news article, it appears that ole’ Washington’s rye whiskey recipe is back in business!

“Mount Vernon recreates Washington’s rye whiskey recipe for public consumption.”

Just 213 years after George Washington started distilling his rye whiskey, it has once again hit the market. A nearly 15-year process of research and archeology allowed historians at Mount Vernon to recreate the first president’s whiskey recipe.

The distillery, just three miles from Mount Vernon outside of Alexandria, Va. opened for business after the Virginia General Assembly approved sales in small amounts, selling out all 471 bottles at $85 dollars a pop.

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2 Responses to George Washington’s Whiskey For Sale?

  1. Craig Swain says:

    Chris, we visited the distillery a few weeks back as part of a Mount Vernon tour. The mill and distillery are an excellent complement to the tour of the main grounds, and I highly recommend it for all ages!

    It is part of the “American Whiskey Trail” with many interpretive displays explaining the role of “strong beverages” in our nation’s history.

    As for the product, not as smooth compared to old No. 7, but still good sipping. It matched well with a Cohiba Churchill, for those who keep track of those things ;-)


  2. Chris says:

    Craig thanks for commenting! I wish I didn’t live in Colorado or I’d be there!

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