Historic Mount Vernon finally released the first bottling of whiskey distilled on-site to public sale today; I managed to pick up a bottle before they sold out. The first bottling is unaged - George Washington's white dog! - and the mash recipe is supposedly based on records kept in Washington's day. In all the excitement I didn't write down the numbers before the details slipped from memory, but it was approximately 65% rye, 30% corn, 5% barley. Bottled at 43% ABV.
The unaged rye was said to be half of a 96-gallon batch, with the other 48 gallons being aged for several years in new oak. Had a tiny taste at the event, and it was surprisingly smooth for white dog. A little of the oiliness from the corn came through, but it was well-balanced. I'm not usually a fan of unaged whiskey.
This run is 375 ml bottles, numbered. Mine is #269, and if I'm doing the math right 48 gallons works out to a potential 485 bottles. I know from Mount Vernon staff that not all of the batch made it into bottles, though! It was $85 a bottle, limit one per, and the publicly available bottles sold out today.
First whiskey made at Mount Vernon to be sold since 1805.
Hopefully, someone else who bought a bottle will be adventurous enough to open his and taste it for real and tell us what we're missing! I plan to hold on to my bottle unopened for a while; I'm contemplating barrel-aging it myself after my current project of aging Virginia corn whiskey. Not sure if I can get good results from so small a quantity. I'm used to aging in 1.75 liter batches.
(Behind the bottle is a painting of the distillery site as it would have looked in 1799.)