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Do you love America? Do you love whiskey? Do you have about 100 bucks on hand that you really want to get rid of? Apparently, Mount Vernon, the esteemed estate of our first Commander-in-Chief, is trying to help you out.
Starting April 4th, they’re selling the original George W’s personal rye whiskey recipe. They’re basically using the exact same process Washington used, thanks to his incredibly meticulous record keeping practices. How his recipe survived 250 years, I have no clue. If I was making alcohol at home, you’d probably end up finding me passed out on the floor, shit scattered all around the room, with no idea what I did to make said alcohol. Of course, I’m no George Washington. Maybe Washington did do it that way, yet managed to keep his notes together. I like to think that’s what happened.
In any case, the crazy thing about this recipe is that it’s apparently closer to what we would think of today as white lightning, which means it could have “a pretty sharp taste,” as the Associate Director over at Mt. Vernon put it. 250 years of development has apparently done a lot for whiskey science.
In terms of the history and heritage of alcohol in this country, whiskey definitely seems to be one of the most American. We can argue the merits of the top shelf brands and above for hours, but good, classic whiskey for the average lover of good liquor is almost uniquely American. Sure, you can get your $300 import of Scotch, but nothing beats a good, high quality American whiskey when you’re just looking to have a night with some brothers. Or, in this case, a glass of Washington’s white lightning. That’s how Washington did it, that’s how America does it, and it’s worked out pretty well so far.
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