The mash bill, or recipe, was discovered by researchers examining the distillery ledgers for 1798 and 1799. His whiskey consisted of 60% rye, 35% corn and 5% malted barley. The records also indicate that George Washington’s whiskey was distilled at least twice before being sent to market. In Washington’s time whiskey was not aged and was sold in its original form. The whiskey in this bottle accurately represents that process.
Mount Vernon staff used Washington’s original mash bill and traditional 18th-century methods in the production of this rye whiskey. This included grinding of all the grain in Washington’s water-powered gristmill, fermenting in wooden mash tubs and distilling in copper pot stills heated by wood fires, making this rye whiskey as close to the original recipe as possible.
- Limited bottles are produced at the Distillery and sell out quickly.
- All whiskey purchases must be made in person with a valid photo ID. Must be 21 years or older. No exceptions.
- You may access The Shops (in the Mount Vernon Inn Complex) without an admission ticket. Parking is free.
- Virginia ABC law prevents us from shipping whiskey or brandy purchases, nor can we accept checks for, or discount whiskey and brandy.
Available for Sale at:
The Shops at Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA 22121
The Gristmill Shop
5514 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309
Whiskey Purchase Hours
The Shops at Mount Vernon: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 1– 6 p.m.
Gristmill Shop: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.