We knew from the many inquiries leading up to the event that there was a great deal of interest in tasting and buying our whiskey. But the level of response still was a surprise, as almost 300 people attended the dedication ceremony at the Distillery site, and another 200 came to our other gift shop in hopes of buying a bottle of General Washington's finest. Even though our cash registers failed at the Distillery (we were disconnected by our cable provider!), which meant that all of the transactions had to be carried out the old fashioned way, by hand, we sold every one of our 471 bottles by 5:00 yesterday. Given this remarkable turn of events, I don't think that there is any doubt that we will be planning on making more whiskey in the near future. Stay tuned for details.
Friday, July 2, 2010
The General, himself, honored us with his presence yesterday, and he took the first drink of the new George Washington Rye Whiskey. After pronouncing the spirit to be "fine," he offered a toast, "To all our friends," which was follwed by enthusiastic "huzzahs" of approval from the audience. Joining the General in making remarks on the historic nature of the event, were: Jim Rees, President of Mount Vernon, Peter Cressy, President of the Distilled Spirits Council of the US, Toddy Puller, Virginia State Senator, and Dennis Pogue, Vice President of Mount Vernon for Preservation. Immediately after the ceremony, 250 members of the public lined up for their free tastes and to purchase 375ml bottles of the whiskey (limit one to a customer).