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    G.Washington made Whiskey


    Found this and thought it kind of intresting CNN :G. Washington's Whiskey
    Bill G.

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    Re: G.Washington made Whiskey

    The Washington Post has an article today about the replica still and the run they did with it...there are a few familiar bourbon names in there!

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...2003Oct20.html

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    Re: G.Washington made Whiskey

    OneCube,

    Thanks for the link to the Washington Post story. What a riot to see Dave Pickerell, Lincoln Henderson and Jimmy Russell in period costumes. It will be interesting to see how much this historic 140 pr whiskey will fetch in auction.

    Omar

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    Re: G.Washington made Whiskey

    Hopefully our own Bourbonv will bring back some photos and give us the inside scoop.

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    Re: G.Washington made Whiskey

    believe I was told that one of his stills is in the Bourbon Museum in Bardstown

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    Re: G.Washington made Whiskey

    The still at the Getz is "believed" by some to be from Mt. Vernon, but its origins can't be verified. To me, it seems a little too small and crude to have been part of Washington's state-of-the-art commercial distilling operation.

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    Re: G.Washington made Whiskey

    I was at The Getz several months ago and I watched a man meticuluously measure the dimensions of that still and record. I questioned him and he said he was from the Smithsonian and that he was working on a project but did not elaborate.

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    Re: G.Washington made Whiskey

    This is a very interesting experiment. The still is very small but it made some interesting whiskey. We were able to taste white dog at the single distilling and double distilled stage. They also had bottles of last year's special barrel proof products available to taste.
    Mike Veach

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    Re: G.Washington made Whiskey

    >The Washington Post has an article today about the replica still and the run...

    There's a new article today at cnn.com, with more detail. Apparently
    the yeast that they were shipping from Woodford Reserve to do the fermentation
    died in transit...



    http://www.cnn.com/2003/TRAVEL/10/22....ap/index.html


    Tim Dellinger

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    Re: G.Washington made Whiskey

    This was a very good week. I left Sunday and spent the night in Virginia with Linn and Vickie before heading on to Maryland where I stayed with Chris and cathy Sigmon. On Teusday morning Chris and I drove down to Mt. Vernon after picking up Howard Stoops in Baltimore. The distillery is 3 miles up the road from the main house and when we got there the press conference was just starting. It was well worth the trip to see the distillers in period garb. They had a wood fire heating the pot still. They over charged the still the first time and there was the remains of the overflow on the ground around the still. Other than that, everything was working well. They were just finishing the first distillation of a mash and we were allowed to sample that low wine. It was interesting but low proof. While they gave us lunch and a Reidel Whiskey Glass with the Mt. Vernon logo on it, we were invited to sample some of the bottles from last year. These bottles were from the auction items to be sold again that night and included barrel proof I W Harper, George Dickel, Maker's Mark, Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniel's Single Barrel, Bacardi Rum and others. After a while they had some second distillation ready and we tasted that. Very strong in the grain flavors and I rather liked it, but others did not. They are aging it in two small cask of about 10 gallons each and after it ages a few years they will bottle it and sell it in auction.
    The rest of the week I spent looking in some of the local historical societies for distillers. Found a few things but nothing exciting. I did go to a liquor store with Chris that has an unusual history. Due to legal problems, they were closed down in 1994 and did not re-open until about a year ago. They had a lot of old stock products. I bought some Wild Turkey 8yo 101, George Dickel with Bill Bruno's signature instead of Jennings D. Backus, Old Fitzgerald BinB with a very faded tax stamp (probably 1982), some J W Dant BinB made at Bernheim and bottled at Ancient Age before they went independent (1983), an I W Harper gift bottle from the late 1980's, some Medley Ezra brooks green label, some early 80's Old Granddad, a Wild Turkey 12yo and some others.

    It was a good trip and I thank my hosts for making it better.

    Mike Veach

 

 

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