This special bottle of George Washington’s Straight Rye Whiskey is one of a limited number of bottles distilled at George Washington’s reconstructed distillery. After aging for two years in barrels, this straight rye whiskey was bottled and labeled by hand.

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The mash bill, or recipe, was discovered by researchers examining historic 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 in barrels but was sold in its unaged clear, colorless form.

Mount Vernon staff, working with the assistance of several craft distillers, produced this whiskey based on traditional 18th-century methods. This straight rye whiskey was double-distilled 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.

Whiskey Purchase Hours

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

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