200 Years from Now?
In the early 1800's the term "Kentucky Bourbon" began appearing in advertisements. This was just a few years after George Washington opened the nation's largest commercial whiskey distillery at Mt. Vernon, Virginia (producing Rye).
The "Virginia Rye" designation started to reappear after decades of absence when in the early 2000's Virginia distillers like Copper Fox, Reservoir, and Catoctin Creek began producing and promoting it.
In 2007 George's original distillery was reconstructed at Mt. Vernon, and group of master distillers that included Dave Pickerell, Jimmy Russel, Joe Dangler, and others began production of the original 1797 recipe created by Washington's farm manager James Anderson. 60% rye, 35% corn, and 5% malted barley.
Over the past five years the number of Virginia Rye Whiskey producers has grown from a half-dozen to twenty-six. In just the past decade five brands have been awarded the prestigious Double-Gold in San Francisco.
Do you think "Virginia Rye" will be well recognized 200 years from now?
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