Earlier this week I attended the launch of a new single malt from George Washington’s distillery in Mount Vernon. There were lots of Scots on hand and rightfully so: The barley used for the Distillers’ Reserve and Limited Edition came directly from Scotland. Three Scotch whisky distillers added their expertise to this three-year project. And of course the original distillery, completed in 1798, was founded by Washington’s farm manager James Anderson, a Scot. (Scotsmen would end up settling in Kentucky, where the limestone, lush greens, and sweet waters would combine to make our most-treasured bourbon.) My write-up can be found at weeklystandard.com.
(The photo above, courtesy of the Distilled Spirits Council, is of a barrel of rye, the standard whiskey for sale at the Mount Vernon gift shop but nowhere else. The single malts, 30 bottles in all, are going to charity.)