O-I Donates Historic George Washington Distillery Bottles for Auction
Two whiskies from the historic George Washington Distillery at Mount Vernon in glass bottles donated by Owens-Illinois (O-I) have raised $26,000 for educational and charitable organizations. The whiskies are the first Scottish-style single malts crafted at the distillery since it began operating again in 2006, nearly 200 years after the founding father’s original facility was damaged in a fire. O-I’s Pinch Grandeur bottle, from the company's Covet ClassicsTM collection, provided the perfect presentation for the distinguished whiskies, which were created through a partnership between George Washington Distillery, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), and the Scotch Whisky Association.
Using 18th-century methods, the distilling team produced 10 gal of whisky of such fine quality and proof that a second distillation was unnecessary. This whisky was barreled immediately as Distillers’ Reserve. An additional 10 gal, barreled as Limited Edition, was distilled twice. The whiskies were aged at Mount Vernon for a total of three years in used Bourbon casks, re-coopered in Speyside, Scotland, and in the final months, aged in barrels that previously held Madeira wine, which was a favorite at Washington’s table.
The whiskies were introduced at DISCUS’ 14th annual “Spirit of Mount Vernon” industry gala on October 13. There, the first numbered bottles of the two varieties were auctioned off to raise money for Mount Vernon’s educational programs. Sales of the remaining bottles will benefit charities such as the Wounded Warriors Family Support Program.
“Contributing to this project was a real honor for O-I,” said John Zanini, North America’s vice president of sales for the spirits category. “In addition to supporting a number of worthy organizations, it also celebrates the rich history and future of the spirits industry in the United States.”
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