Posts by David Kerley, Olivier Knox, Richard Coolidge and Jordyn Phelps
- David Kerley, Olivier Knox, Richard Coolidge and Jordyn Phelps at Power Players3 mths ago
Have you heard that George Washington’s spirit can be found at his historic Mount Vernon estate? His whiskey spirit, that is.
In the late 18 th century, Washington established what was then the nation’s largest whiskey distillery, and now, after a nearly 200-year hiatus, the distillery has been rebuilt and is once again making whiskey just as the nation’s founding father once did.
“I believe that this is a fair representation of what the colonialists would have had,” Master Distiller Dave Pickerell told “Top Line” during a visit to the Mount Vernon Distillery.
The recipe that Pickerell follows today was derived by researchers who studied Washington’s records of the supplies ordered for the historic distillery site.
“It was gained by adding up all of the grain usage and then ‘ratio-ing’ it out,” Pickerell said of the recipe. “And it turned out that that ratio matched very nicely with what we know with the good Maryland rye recipe for its time.”
Pickerell said he’s confident that the whiskey being distilled at Mount Vernon distillery tastes very similar to the original product that Washington once enjoyed.