George Washington Single Malt Whisky Distillers' Reserve
American Single Malt
George Washington's Mount Vernon // Virginia, USA
With the support of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, George Washington's circa 1798 distillery was reconstructed on the original site, based upon archaeological and historical evidence. In 2012, DISCUS, in cooperation with the Scotch Whisky Association, began a symbolic spirit-making collaboration at the distillery, at the suggestion of The Glenmorangie Co. This whisky, an American single malt distilled from 100% Scottish barley from Glenmorangie is the end product. The Distillers' Reserve is a product of the initial distillation, which was a total of 10 gallons single-distilled. It was aged for two years and eight months in ex-bourbon barrels which were re-coopered in Speyside and finished in Madeira wine casks for its final four months of maturation.
American Single MaltMade in the USA from 100% malted barley. Distilled at one distillery. Matured in oak casks no larger than 700L. Distilled to no higher than 160 proof (80% ABV). Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV) or higher. (This is the proposed Standard of Identity by the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission.)
Cask Typeex-bourbon, re-coopered in Speyside; finished in Madeira casks
"Find a spicy, oaky nose upfront with sweeter, softer fruits underneath. The palate is a bit hot and oily, and offers caramel, malt and molasses, along with more dry oak. There's also a hint of minty, medicinal profile. The Madeira cask makes its presence felt on the finish, along with further notes of wood and spice."