Drink to the Founding Fathers
In 1814, there was a distillery fire in Virginia, and the structure burned to the ground, halting production at the location for nearly 200 years. Not an unusual occurrence, but the fact of the matter is, that particular distillery belonged to George Washington, and his rye whiskey hasn’t been produced again, until now. On July 1st, the distillery released its 2009 production, which was distilled in accordance with Washington’s own recipe, after it was discovered by historians in the estate’s extensive records. Only 550 bottles of the unique rye whiskey were produced this past year, and were sold for $85 a bottle. IT all sold out in one day. The proceeds from the bottles’ sale benefit Washington’s Mount Vernon’s education programs. For more information on the distillery, its history, and its transformative reconstruction, visit MountVernon.org.