George Washington's making whiskey again

August 4, 2008 5:51:48 AM PDT
George Washington's estate is back in the whiskey business.

Mount Vernon estate will begin selling whiskey this week at Washington's rebuilt distillery, which opened to the public last year.

The Distilled Spirits Council says Mount Vernon is allowed to sell the whiskey under a special measure signed this year by Virginia's governor.

The estate will sell $25 commemorative gift sets of whiskey, made from combining and re-aging some of America's most famous brands.

Washington got into the whiskey business after he returned to his riverfront estate following his two terms as president.

By 1799, he was producing 11,000 gallons a year.