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On Black Friday, Enjoy 20% Off All Distilled Spirits at the Shops at Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON, VA – All distilled spirits made at George Washington’s Distillery will be on sale for the first time in its history on November 23. This Black Friday, visit the Shops at Mount Vernon to enjoy 20% off Mount Vernon’s award-winning whiskey and spirits, including George Washington’s Rye Whiskey—the State Spirit of Virginia—two-year and four-year straight rye whiskey, Peach Eau de Vie, Apple Brandy, and George Washington Whiskey Gift Sets.

Mount Vernon’s spirits will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on November 23. There is a sale limit of 20 George Washington Whiskey Gift Sets per customer.  For more details, please visit

According to Washington’s distillery ledgers from 1798 and 1799, his whiskey consisted of 60% rye, 35% corn and 5% malted barley. Mount Vernon’s finest whiskey release to date, this aged spirit smells of fruit with a hint of oak from the barrels and has a fruit-forward taste of apples, apricots, and baking spices. Mount Vernon staff used this recipe and traditional 18th-century methods in the production of its spirits, grinding of all the grain in Washington’s reconstructed water-powered gristmill, fermenting in wooden mash tubs, and distilling in copper pot stills heated by wood fires.

George Washington began commercial distilling in 1797 at the urging of his Scottish farm manager, James Anderson, who had experience distilling grain in Scotland and Virginia. By 1799, Washington was the largest whiskey producer in America, distilling almost 11,000 gallons that year. Today Mount Vernon continues the tradition of producing whiskey as well as other small batch distilled spirits at its historic Distillery & Gristmill site, which opened in 2007.

Proceeds from the distilled spirits benefit the ongoing preservation and restoration of Mount Vernon and its educational programs.


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