RSS Feeds

Scottish distillers fill barrels at Mount Vernon

Wednesday - 3/28/2012, 12:21pm  ET

MOUNT VERNON, Va. - Master distillers from Scotland are wrapping up a three-day visit to George Washington's Mount Vernon estate to whip up a special batch of Scotch whiskey.

On Wednesday the distillers will fill specially constructed oak barrels with the hand-crafted single-malt liquor to begin a three-year aging process.

The distilling is the latest in a series of limited production runs that have been done at George Washington's reconstructed distillery.

After the Scotch is aged, a limited edition of 100 bottles will be auctioned off for charities around the world. In 2006, distillers using Washington's recipe for Rye whiskey produced bottles that sold for $100,000.

At the end of the 18th century, Washington's distillery was one of the largest whiskey producers in the country.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)