Unearthing George Washington's Distillery
Who could have imagined that the Father of the Nation of the United States would set his mind on whisky making after retiring from his presidency in 1797? Yet, that is exactly what George Washington did. Shortly after stepping down from his stately duties, he was looking forward to the peacefulness of a sedentary pastoral life which had so far eluded him. Mount Vernon was his sanctuary of choice, and when plantation owner James Anderson met George Washington, he proposed they utilize the watermills, and state-of-art gristmill of Vernon for whisky production.
Though hesitant at first, Washington jumped on the bandwagon of distilling whisky, and George Washington’s Gristmill & Distillery was born. Since then, there has been no looking back. By 1798, the distillery was up on its feet, and in 1799, it became the largest whisky distillery in Vermont. But, the days of glory didn’t last for long. After the death of George Washington in 1799, his nephew inherited the distillery. Lawrence Lewis lacked the sharp business acumen of his uncle, and the distillery was burned to smithereens after a massive fire in 1814. The distillery may have been lost forever had archaeologists not discovered the foundation of the original distillery in 1997.
After securing funds from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, the distillery was reconstructed and opened for public visit in 2007. If you’re a whisky fanatic, and a lover of history, visit the renovated George Washington Gristmill & Distillery for a trip down the hallway of George Washington’s entrepreneurial venture as a whisky maker.
Kasauli Distillery: A Stroll through Nostalgia
Located in a picturesque cantonment town in the Solan District of Himachal Pradesh, Kasauli Distillery is one of the highest distilleries in the world. It lies at an elevation of over 6000 feet. It was set up in the late 1820s by Edward Abraham Dyer who brought along with him the distilling and brewing equipment from Scotland and England. He chose this location for the distillery, for the availability of fine spring water and climate. The first image which Kasauli brings to our minds is a small town which boasts of cleanliness and peace.Read More
THE SPEYSIDE STORY: EXPLORING SCOTLAND'S UNTAMED HEART
Malt, music and the natural magnetism of a breathtaking landscape — the ‘Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival’ is an event unlike any other; the delicious taste of a great drink enjoyed in its natural habitat, the pulsating throb of a community drenched in pure, unbridled joy, and the scents, sounds, scenes of a country’s true pastime.Read More
Iceland’s Finest Eimverk Distillery
With its chilly and dark winter months, Iceland has the perfect reason to pour yourself a dram of whisky. And it’s not just whisky (the locally distilled spirit), you wouldn’t want to miss exploring the stunning beauty of the place. Located in the outskirts of Reykjavik, the distillery was initiated by three brothers who started operating out of a garage. The first few years were spent solely on experimenting with 165 odd recipes, before the very first Floki was left in casks, to mature. Today, the distillery’s undisputed fame owes primarily to its Flóki whisky range apart from the local alcohol, Brennivín.Read More