To celebrate the Scottish connection with Washington's distillery -- his manager, James Anderson, was a Scot -- we are partnering with the Distilled Spirits Council of the US and the Scotch Whisky Association (marking its 100th anniversary this year) to produce the first-ever Scottish-style malt whisky at the George Washington Distillery. Several well known master distillers representing some of the foremost Scotch Whisky brands (including Glenmorangie, Laphroaig, and Cardhu) will be traveling to Mount Vernon to mash and distill specially imported Scottish malted barley. Our plan is to produce up to 20 gallons of whisky, which then will be stored at Mount Vernon to age in recycled American oak barrels (two years) and then finish in barrels that previously held Madeira wine (one year). After aging, the whisky will be bottled and auctioned to benefit various charitable organizations. Mashing began on March 20th, and distilling will occur from March 26th-28th. The event is not open to the general public, but any followers of this blog who are interested are invited to drop by the site to observe and meet the distillers. Watch this space for more details over the course of the project.