PANACEA: HAVE A BRANDY
George Washington is associated with truth. Now there’s a link ‘twixt president and spirits: On sale at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, it’s — of course — George Washington’s Apple Brandy, which has been doubledistilled in copper pots, heated by wood fires and aged in “toasted” barrels for two years. The meticulous craft distillers behind it all used the same varieties of apples that George used: Hewes Crab, Roxbury Russet, and Newtown Pippin. So huzzah.
It’s the first apple brandy made at the historic site in two centuries, and as was once said, it is “dear” - priced at $150 for a 375 ml bottle. But hey, such things sell so quickly that vouchers are needed from the estate’s gift shop; they often become collectibles. Another bottle of Mount Vernon’s limited edition rye whiskey once signed by former president George H.W. Bush fetched $35,000 at auction. More at this often entertaining site: MountVernon.org