For Immediate Release
November 19, 2013
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Public Information: (703) 780-2000
Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203
MOUNT VERNON, VA – George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, will have 1,000 bottles of the unaged George Washington Rye Whiskey available for sale Thursday, December 12, at 10 a.m. – just in time for the holidays! The rye whiskey was made at George Washington’s reconstructed distillery at Mount Vernon this November. The George Washington Rye Whiskey is available for sale in-person only for $95 at The Shops at Mount Vernon.
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% rye, 35% corn, and 5% 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.
Sales are limited to one bottle per person. A valid id is required to purchase the George Washington Rye Whiskey. Unfortunately Mount Vernon cannot accommodate internet or phone orders. For more information about the whiskey and George Washington’s Distillery, please visit MountVernon.org/Distillery.
Events, programs, and activities are subject to change.
Public Information: 703-780-2000; 703-799-8697 (TDD); www.MountVernon.org
Since 1860, over 80 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens the most popular historic home in America. Through thought-provoking tours, entertaining events, and stimulating educational programs on the Estate and in classrooms across the nation, Mount Vernon strives to preserve George Washington’s place in history as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.” Mount Vernon is owned and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s oldest national preservation organization, founded in 1853. A picturesque drive to the southern end of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon is located just 16 miles from the nation’s capital.
Hours of operation: April-August, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; March, September, October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November – February, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission rates: adults, $17; senior citizens, $16; children age 6-11, when accompanied by an adult, $8; and children under age 5, FREE. Admission fees, restaurant and retail proceeds, along with private donations, support the operation and restoration of Mount Vernon.