Apparently the Father of Our Country Made Really Crappy Whiskey


There were many things my history teachers told me George Washington was good at. Like having wooden teeth for example and posing for legal tender. But according to the folks over at Death and Taxes, one thing our first founding father wasn’t good at was booze. Or, more specifically, making booze.

Starting today, the first president’s estate at Mount Vernon will be releasing 1,100 bottles of the president’s original recipe un-aged rye whiskey for $95 each, despite reports that the concoction actually tasted “very bad.”

According to an essay published in American History in 2010 and partially summarized in Death and Taxes, the whiskey has been said to have a “pretty sharp taste” – though that didn’t stop at least 15,000 gallons of the stuff from being pushed through the distillery’s doors back in the good ol’ days of colonial America.

Today, the estate prides itself on maintaining the same grain recipe and fermentation process as those once used by folks who drank day-in and day-out, in sickness and in health, for nearly every reason imaginable.

Well you know what they say, if you can’t beat ’em . . .

H/T + PicThx Neatorama, Death and Taxes

By Dominique Zamora

Dominique would be a foodie if she had money to pay for food. For now, she gets by just looking at food photography, which results in at least one more starving journalism student every time Instagram breaks down.

1 reply on “Apparently the Father of Our Country Made Really Crappy Whiskey”

Now, I am getting a bit worried. George Washington is my favorite President and, somehow, when I put his name and whiskey together in a sentence, I don’t only get an image of him mixing something in a whiskey still (meaning turning his passion for whiskey into a hobby, too), but I get an image of a man really interested into how a whiskey bearing his name is made. Well, I guess I just have to taste it and see for myself how crappy (or not) it is

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