Authentic distilling has begun at George Washington’s Distillery for a two-week period. The aim during this is to generate 100 gallons of whiskey using Washington’s recipe.
Half of the supply will be bottled and sold at Mount Vernon starting this summer as George Washington’s Rye Spirit. This product will be un-aged, just like Washington’s version of whiskey. Pints will be sold for a price still to be determined but most likely just under $100. The remaining half will be aged in oak barrels for future sale as whiskey, also in pints at a price to be determined.
Master distiller Dave Pickerell, formerly of Maker’s Mark, will lead the team of Mount Vernon employees – historians, historic trades interpreters, archaeologists, and educators – who will work to make Washington’s recipe at the reconstructed distillery.