Eau de Vie, or “water of life”, is a clear unaged fruit brandy. George Washington’s Distillery Peach Eau de Vie is a robust, fiery brandy, beautifully clear with peach aromas and a hint of cinnamon. This special bottle of Peach Eau de Vie is one of a limited number of bottles distilled at George Washington’s reconstructed distillery at Mount Vernon.

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The distillery’s historic ledgers indicate that Washington had small amounts of peach brandy produced in both 1798 and 1799. Washington maintained orchards on his estate and the fruit from these orchards supplied the peaches needed. A portion of the peach brandy produced was sold and the remainder was moved to the Mansion for use by the Washington family.

Mount Vernon staff, working with craft distiller consultants, produced this peach brandy based on traditional 18th-century methods. The peach juice was fermented on-site for 12 days, then double-distilled in copper pot stills heated by wood fires. This unaged brandy was bottled and labeled by hand.



» Limited bottles are produced at the Distillery and sell out quickly.

» All brandy purchases must be made in person with a valid photo ID. Must be 21 years or older. No exceptions.

» You may access The Gristmill Shop and The Shops at Mount Vernon without an admission ticket. Parking is free.

» Virginia ABC law prevents us from shipping brandy and whiskey purchases, nor can we accept checks for, or discount brandy and whiskey.

Whiskey Purchase Hours

The Shops at Mount Vernon: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

The Distillery at Mount Vernon

Learn more about George Washington's Mount Vernon distillery and the 18th century process used to make whiskey.

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