Thursday, June 24, 2010

Come and Get It!

We will offer our whiskey for sale to the public for the first time on July 1. The 375ml bottle will sell for $85 -- only one to a customer, while supplies last. Taking advantage of a new law passed by the Virginia General Assembly, we can offer free tastes of the product (one-quarter once per person) that day as well. We've set aside four bottles for the tasting, which will take place between 12 and 1:00 or until the supply is exhausted.


471 bottles of George Washington's Rye Whiskey, ready to go.

Labeling GW's Rye

With front and neck labels, corks, neck wrapper, and heat gun in hand, we are ready to label our whiskey. Julia Mosley, Mount Vernon's Director of Retail, oversees the operation, manned by several volunteers from the MV Shops.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Label to Make Our First President Proud

Given the unique character of our whiskey -- using George Washington's recipe and the first whiskey made and bottled at Washington's distillery in almost 200 years -- we wanted a label that was equally distinctive. We think that our designer, Allan Guy, really rose to the occasion to produce a beautiful label; distiller and bottler extraordinaire, Joe Dangler, seems to agree.

Weeeee'rrrrre Baaaaaacckk!

We know, we promised that we would have whiskey available to purchase months ago. But the best laid plans ... At any rate, we have negotiated the label hurdles with TTB (we think), and we are planning to offer our unaged Rye Whiskey beginning July 1.

As a first step, today and yesterday we filled 471 375ml bottles with pure, clear rye whiskey, just like George Washington made. Virginia Gentleman master distiller, Joe Dangler, kindly agreed to come to the distillery to lead Mount Vernon staff in the bottling operation. Next step: labelling.