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The George Washington Straight Rye Whiskey

george washington straight rye whiskey forsyth vernon 293 300x225 The George Washington Straight Rye WhiskeyFeatured on Weekend Edition by NPR

By Matt Goldstein

Last year we did a story on “How Whiskey Made America” and discussed George Washington and his very successful whiskey distillery.  Washington’s distillery was one of the first and most profitable in the country as well, his plantation was one of the most profitable in the country.  Washington made whiskey and liquor out of the grains on his farm and the liquor was the most profitable piece of his business empire.  Washington couldn’t actually make enough whiskey to supply the demand.  Now, there is a limited edition rye whiskey made to the exact specifications to the recipe of George Washington, 60% rye, 35% corn, and 5% malt and barley.  The George Washington Straight Rye is being made on George Washington’s plantation and there is only 300 bottles available $185 a piece.  The 2 year old Rye Whiskey is sharp, delicious, sweet and drinkable.  Editors note: Washington did use slaves to make the whiskey, so the history isn’t as charming as one would think.  Washington was a “man of his times.”  You can listen to the NPR segment on the George Washington Rye Whiskey here.   

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