Washington’s WhiskeyPosted by nick
George Washington was quite the entrepreneur. He invested in the C&O Canal, exported flour to the West Indies, and even operated his own ocean-going merchant vessels.
But his most profitable business venture was his whiskey distillery, turning grain cultivated on his Virginia farm into booze. It is said that his rye was so popular that he couldn’t keep up with the demand.
Preservationists at the Mt Vernon estate recently restored the distillery and are now re-creating Washington’s original recipe: 60 percent rye, 35 percent corn, and 5 percent malted barley. The 200-year old recipe is getting rave reviews.
Go get a taste of history at Mt Vernon– but beware, there are only 300 bottles and they are fetching $185 a pop.
Photograph by Toshio on flickr/ view from Mt Vernon
Meet Our Contributors
Andre Szabo sometimes shoots photographs. Most of the time he makes videos and reads good books. He's in Boston now but will soon be hopping around.
Dave Adams is the resident cinematographer at Run Riot Films. He caught the travel bug after getting a job at National Geographic Television at the end of 2005. Since then he's worked in over 25 countries and formed an obsession with such delicacies as Pratha, Amok and Torchy's Tacos.
Gabrielle Lurie is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Photography and Imaging. She is a freelance photographer, currently working in NYC. She recently exhibited her work entitled "The Rhythm of Chaos" at the Gulf and Western Galleries. Gabrielle is a dedicated vegetarian and avid proponent of organic lifestyles.
Tracy is a Seattle transplant by way of Manila, Miami, and DC with a few stops in between. You can find Tracy on city streets camera in hand collecting urban scenes that would otherwise go unnoticed.
Eli Chamberlin is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and an avid photographer. He grew up in the country-side of Vermont, where he learned to be passionate about buying local and supporting small business from his parents who are both restauranteurs. Eli currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia but is planning a Magellan-esque global journey. Coming soon to a city near you.