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The Mount Vernon Distillery branches out:

WASHINGTON – George Washington may be best known as a general and statesman, but this week a group of experts was more interested in another one of the first president’s talents: making peach brandy.

In a reconstructed distillery at Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, a group from around the country spent Tuesday trying to recreate Washington’s drink. They used the same process that would have been used two centuries ago: keeping fires going to heat the liquid and transferring it by buckets instead of modern pumps.

“We didn’t get into this to get in the liquor business. It’s all educational,” said Dennis Pogue, who oversees historic research at Mount Vernon and oversaw the rebuilding of the distillery in 2007.

Washington was better known for producing rye whiskey. The Mount Vernon staff knows his recipe and has made and bottled it in the past. Tuesday was the first time, however, the estate has used its distillery to re-create peach brandy, which Washington made in smaller quantities.

I do not believe I’ve ever tried peach brandy.  It strikes me that I probably would not like it very much.

I might have known that venturing further into the electronic jungle would be bound to bring me nothing but trouble.

I refer, of course, to my recent decision to sign up for Facebook.  All jolly fun and slaps on the back and welcome to teh club when I first did so, but now I’m starting to get notes suggesting that my account has been hacked and has started flipping links of some sort at my “friends” in my name.

My apologies to any of my fellow port-swillers who have been on the receiving end of one of these unauthorized missives.  I only hope the links aren’t as awful as I fear they probably are.

I also promise to get in and do something about this invasion 1) when I figure out what exactly I am supposed to do about it, and 2) when, um, I can recall my Facebook password.


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