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Historic Hooch

  • Jared Paul Stern


Starting this week, for the first time in 200 years whiskey is being sold at George Washington's distillery at Mount Vernon, where the nation's first president produced an impressive 11,000 gallons the stuff in 1799.

The move was made possible under special legislation signed by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, whom we hereby anoint an honorary MOTH for his services to the cause. The distillery was one of the largest, most successful whiskey distilleries in early America, using corn and rye grown on Washington's plantation until it burned down in 1814. It re-opened last year after extensive renovations and will hopefully be producing Washington's signature sauce in saleable quantities again soon, but for starters they're offering small bottles of a unique “vatted” American whiskey made from portions of 11 famous brands, “married” and re-aged at Mount Vernon.

The brands include Jack Daniel's, Jim Beam, Wild Turkey, Maker's Mark, Woodford Reserve, and that Southern classic which might well have been named in honor of ol' George himself: Virginia Gentleman.