Matt Damon’s on the cover of Chilled and Mike Gerrard writes inside about limited editions of Ketel One vodka and Glenmorangie whisky.
We seem to be in a golden age of books about spirits. Fascinating and well-written books about rum, vodka, gin, whisky, and other spirits abound, and to that fine list can now be added journalist Reid Mitenbuler‘s Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey. Bourbon Empire is a meticulously-researched and entertainingly-written book, which […]
When I travelled down the American Whiskey Trail, it was noticeable how much the Scots influenced the history of the US whiskey business. It started with my first stop at George Washington’s Distillery at Mount Vernon in Virginia, not far from Washington DC. It was a Scotsman who encouraged George Washington to open a distillery, which […]
When George Washington lived at his Mount Vernon plantation estate, which gazes across the Potomac River from Virginia to Maryland, he employed 316 slaves. Most of them worked in the mansion, in the gardens or on the farm, but from 1797 onwards, the year Washington retired from the US Presidency, six of them had a […]