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09.2008

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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WHISKEY FOR SALE at GEORGE WASHINGTON’S DISTILLERY

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2OO YEARS the public will be able to buy whiskey at George Washington’s Distillery. Under special legislation supported by the Council and signed by Governor Tim Kaine this year, Mount Vernon is now permitted to sell spirits products in the gift shops at the Distillery and the Mansion visitors’ center.

Going on sale are special $25 George Washington Distillery commemorative gift sets, which contain a unique “vatted” American whiskey produced from “marrying” together and re-aging at Mount Vernon portions of eleven of America’s famous brands including Jack Daniel’s, Jim Beam, Wild Turkey, Maker’s Mark, George Dickel, Virginia Gentleman, Very Old Barton, I.W.Harper, Woodford Reserve, Rebel Yell, and Platte Valley.

The product was created by master distillers on the banks of the Potomac at Mount Vernon on August 17, 2OO5, utilizing the contents of special barrels that had been aging in “an undisclosed location,” on the Mansion grounds since 2OO1.

The Mount Vernon whiskey sales are part of the industry’s ongoing support of Mount Vernon’s educational mission, which culminated in reopening George Washington’s Distillery to the public in 2OO7, reconstructed through a $2.1 million grant from DISCUS and the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America.

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