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George Washington Rye Whiskey

On Sale May 16, 2014

1,000 bottles of the unaged George Washington Rye Whiskey® will be available for sale Friday, May 16, at 10 a.m. The rye whiskey was made at George Washington’s reconstructed distillery at Mount Vernon.

Available for sale at The Shops at Mount Vernon for $95 per 375ml bottle. In-person sales only.

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.

Each 375 ml bottle of Unaged Rye Whiskey will be sold on a first come, first-served basis. There are approximately 1,000 bottles available and purchases will be limited to two (2) bottles per person. Any whiskey remaining unsold after May 16 will be available for sale on subsequent days in The Shops at Mount Vernon & The Gristmill Shop, without a numbered voucher, until sold out.

Doors will open at 8am at which time number vouchers will be issued to customers at both shops. (Gristmill Vouchers must be redeemed at the Gristmill Shop only and The Shops vouchers must be redeemed at The Shops at Mount Vernon only). Per Virginia ABC regulations, we cannot start selling whiskey until 10am. At 10am, we will start calling voucher numbers to begin sales. Once you obtain a number voucher, you may return at any time between 10am and 5pm on May 16, at the appropriate location to make your purchase. One voucher guarantees one bottle of unaged rye whiskey, two voucher limit per person.

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

Our apologies, but Virginia ABC regulations do not allow us to ship whiskey purchases nor can we take online or phone orders. Virginia ABC law prevents us from accepting checks for, or discounting, whiskey. All whiskey purchases must be made in person with a valid photo ID. Must be 21 years or older to purchase whiskey.

Locations & Hours

The Shops at Mount Vernon
In the Mount Vernon Inn Complex
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Shops hours for May 16-18: 9am-9pm
Regular Hours: 9am-6pm

Virginia ABC Whiskey Purchase Hours
Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 1pm-6pm

The Gristmill Shop
5514 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22309

Shops hours: 10am-5pm

Virginia ABC Whiskey Purchase Hours
Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1p-5pm

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Making Whiskey at Washington's Distillery

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

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