George Washington had to be talked into it, but his Scottish farm manager James Anderson talked our first president into making commercial whiskey.
Washington’s distillery would become one of America’s top producing whiskey distilleries, topping out at making over 10,000 gallons (37.9 KL) annually.
It was Rye Whiskey that flowed from the stills at Mount Vernon. The blend consisted of 60% rye, 35% corn, and 5% barley.
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