First Batch of Brandy Available in More than 200 Years

MOUNT VERNON, VA – More than 200 years after George Washington’s Distillery stopped producing brandy, his distillery at Mount Vernon has created 400 bottles of George Washington’s Peach Brandy. This inaugural batch of peach brandy, created at the reconstructed site, will be available for sale at George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill on Tuesday, April 1, at 10 a.m. Each 375ml bottle retails for $150. For more information about the product, please visit MountVernon.org/PeachBrandy.

To create this historic product, seven leading craft distillers from across the United States gathered at the historic distillery on October 6, 2010. Working under the direction of these craft distillers, Mount Vernon produced this brandy based on traditional 18th-century methods— without any recipes or instruction manuals to guide them. This peach brandy was double-distilled in copper pot stills heated by wood fires and was aged for two years in toasted oak barrels.

Staff from the following distilleries led the peach brandy distilling:

Templeton Rye Spirits (IA)
Philadelphia Distilling (PA)
A. Smith Bowman Distillery (VA)
Catoctin Creek Distilling Company (VA)
Huber Starlight Distillery (IN)
Finger Lakes Distilling Company (NY)
Hillrock Distillery (NY)

Washington oversaw the production of only 60 gallons of the popular spirit each year, compared to the 11,000 gallons of rye whiskey that he bottled and sold during the same time period. Most of his brandy never made it to market. Instead, he poured it for the guests that flocked to his Mount Vernon estate.

Vouchers to purchase this historic brandy will be issued to customers beginning at 8 a.m. on April 1; sales commence at 10 a.m. Guests may obtain a numbered voucher and return at any time between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to make their purchases. This product is available for purchase at the Distillery & Gristmill site only. Any peach brandy remaining unsold after April 1 will be available for sale in The Shops at Mount Vernon.

Sales are limited to one bottle per person. Customers must be age 21 or over and present a valid ID. The brandy must be purchased in-person sales only; Mount Vernon cannot accommodate internet or phone orders, and brandy cannot be shipped.

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