In fact he had the largest Whiskey Distillery in 18th Century America. It's something not to many people realize. The George Washington Distillery and Grist Mill are just a few miles down the road from his Mount Vernon Estate. The current distillery building is built on the foundation of the orginal from 1792.
Thirteen years ago Mount Vernon embarked on recreating George Washington's Distillery using authentic tools, materials and construction techniques from George Washington's time. Then they hired a well known distiller from Makers Mark Whiskey to distill the whiskey to the original instructions. Now twice a year two whiskey batches are produced and sold.
The first is a "white whiskey" the same kind sold in the 18th century made from 60% rye and is unaged. Therefore is clear which is different than the "aged" whiskey which is cured in charred Oak barrels for two years. The distillery uses local grains grown in Virginia and ground at the distillery.
The whiskey is a novelty and considered by some to be a collectors item. When it goes on sale at the gift shops the batches which are small sell out in hours. The whiskey isn't cheap. A small bottle of the "white whiskey" sells for $95 and the "aged" whiskey sells for $180. The next sale is this weekend, Saturday April 12 at 10AM. If you want a bottle you should plan to arrive by 6 AM to get in line.
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