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).

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