Scottish Distillers Make Single Malt at George Washington’s Distillery
30 Mar 2012
Three of Scotland's top whisky distillers took part in a whisky
making and barrel filling
ceremony at George Washington's Distillery in the US this week to
celebrate the Centenary
of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).
The ceremony, toasting the Scottish connection to George
Washington's Distillery in Mount
Vernon, was the culmination of three days of hard work using 100%
Scottish barley and
specially-constructed oak barrels to produce the whisky.
Bill Lumsden, master distiller for Glenmorangie, Andy Cant,
master distiller at Cardhu Single
Malt Distillery and John Campbell, distillery manager at Laphroaig
Distillery joined George
Washington Distillery master distiller David Pickerell to mark the
After three years of aging in accordance with the maturation
period for Scotch Whisky, a
limited edition of one hundred of the bottles - marking the 100th
anniversary of the SWA - will
be auctioned for charities around the world.
The US distillery, at Mount Vernon outside Washington DC, has
strong Scottish roots. In
1797 George Washington's farm manager, a Scot named James
Anderson, convinced his
employer that producing whiskey made from corn and rye grown on
the plantation would be
a natural complement to his milling business. The distillery was
built and by 1799 it was
producing 11,000 gallons of whiskey.
Gavin Hewitt, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association,
"This exciting project brings together three master distillers
of Scotch Whisky to produce
what will be a unique Single Malt. It is a fitting way to
celebrate Scotch Whisky's continued
success in the United States and the Association's centenary
Exports of Scotch Whisky to the US broke through the £600
million mark for the first time last
year, to reach £654.9m.