BUY GEORGE! First Public Opportunity to Taste and Purchase George Washington Rye Whiskey at the Founding Father's Historic Distillery

June 28, 2010 08:00 PM

MOUNT VERNON, VA. -- On July 1, for the first time since the George Washington's distillery burned to the ground in 1814, the public will be able buy Rye Whiskey made at the founding father's distillery.  And, thanks to a new law in Virginia, they can taste it BEFORE they buy it at this special public tasting event.

The extremely limited edition whiskey (471 bottles) was produced in the reconstructed distillery in 2009 according to the General's own recipe discovered by historians in the mansion's extensive records.

Starting at noon, the public will be able to sample small amounts before purchasing one of the unique 375 ml bottles for $85. The proceeds will benefit Mount Vernon's education programs.

What:              First public sale and tasting of the new George Washington Rye Whiskey produced at George Washington’s Distillery using the Founding Father’s own historic recipe

When:             July 1, 2010
                        11:30 a.m.  Media set-up
                        11:45 a.m.  Inaugural tasting with public officials followed by media tastings
                        12:00 p.m. – 1 p.m. Public tasting event (while supplies last)
                        12:30 p.m.  Unveiling of local artist’s painting in distillery’s upstairs museum  

Where:            George Washington’s Distillery 
                         5514 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (SR 235)
                         3 miles south of Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens main entrance. Parking available.

Who:               Jim Rees, President, Historic Mount Vernon 
                         Public Officials

“The Demand…Is Brisk” – George Washington
 (1799 Distillery Letter  written to his nephew shortly before Washington’s death, discussing Washington’s successful distillery operation at Mount Vernon)
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