Whiskey By George | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Whiskey By George

Play associated audio

By Michael Pope

Build it, and they will chug. George Washington knew it was true, now you can too. Starting tomorrow, visitors to the general's newly reconstructed whiskey distillery can purchase rye whiskey from the general’s own recipe, which was heavier on rye than today’s corn-based bourbon.

Mount Vernon vice president Dennis Pogue says it’s a premium boutique product won’t be putting Jack Daniel’s out of business anytime soon.

“We’re an educational operation, you know. There are a lot of nice people in Kentucky who make very good products and we never envisioned ourselves as jumping into the alcohol business. But it’s something that people are naturally interested in," says Pogue.

A lot of people. Ever since the reconstructed distillery opened in 2007 people have been clamoring to taste Washington’s own recipe.

“It’s not as sweet as corn whiskey, it’s a little bit spicier, a little bit more distinctive. Again, it was very popular 200 years ago, partly because rye was a cheaper grain,” he says.

Don’t expect this version to be cheap. Each of the 471 bottles that go on sale Thursday will retail for $85.

NPR

How'd A Cartoonist Sell His First Drawing? It Only Took 610 Tries

Tom Toro was a directionless 20-something film school dropout. Then, after an inspired moment at a used book sale, he started submitting drawings to The New Yorker ... and collecting rejection slips.
NPR

Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?

A handful of chefs and food companies are experimenting with fish-like alternatives to seafood. But the market is still a few steps behind plant-based products for meat and dairy.
NPR

Will We See Veto Battles On Capitol Hill?

With President Obama promising to vetoes, what are the possibilities of a few veto overrides during the next two years? NPR's Arun Rath puts that questions to the National Journal's Fawn Johnson.
NPR

3 Voices, 1 Threat: Personal Stories Of Cyberhacking

In President Obama's State of the Union address, he gave fresh emphasis to a problem that has been in the headlines: cybersecurity. Here are three people who have experienced security breaches.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.