George Washington's 'Bad' Whiskey Going on Sale
It costs $95 a bottle, but one blogger uses the word 'rotgut'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2013 2:50 PM CDT
A bottle of George Washington's whiskey will set you back $95.   (PRNewsFoto/Distilled Spirits Council of the United States)

(Newser) – Mount Vernon is making 1,100 bottles of rye whiskey using a recipe from none other than George Washington himself. The booze will go on sale next month for $95 a bottle, reports AP. Must be great stuff, right? Eh, "what the liquor peddlers at Mount Vernon aren’t telling you is, back in the day, the Founding Father’s whiskey was rotgut at best," writes Brian Abrams at DeathandTaxes.

Abrams dug up an old article in American History explaining that Washington used his neighbor's extra grain to make "very bad rye whiskey." The AP says the stuff coming out in April uses the same recipe and is the "most authentic version of Washington's whiskey available." For better or worse, apparently.

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Mar 27, 2013 7:30 AM CDT
George sold the cheap stuff. But I doubt he drank it
Mar 26, 2013 11:37 PM CDT
How did Budweiser get his beer recipe?
Mar 26, 2013 7:15 PM CDT
Nobody is going to drink it. Its going to be put away and handed down. Maybe if it sits 20 years it will get smooth. Not taste better but be smoother on the gullet. I'm sure its better than some of the other much touted brands.