Thomas Earl at Mount Vernon- George Washington’s Peach Brandy Part 2

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6/12/2014 – The first day of distilling peach brandy at Mt. Vernon went as smooth as silk. It was a long one. Amazing how much you miss steam when you go back in time to using wood-fired stills. Everything has to be planned way ahead and the distiller must pay close attention to keep the right amount of wood burning under the still. We loaded up the stills around 8:00am and by 6:00pm we had quite a bit of high proof brandy that is very suitable for drinking.

Peach Brandy straight off the still. Holding a bead and smelling wonderful.
Peach Brandy straight off the still. Holding a bead and smelling wonderful.

We have a good portion of single run brandy that will be doubled (or run again) to get the proof higher. The entire run was full of fresh ripe peach aromas; all in all, just what we were looking for. Plans are the same for today. Just hoping for some cooler weather. Don’t think we will be lucky there though. 

Keep up with Thomas’ progress at Mt. Vernon all this week. More news and pictures to follow!

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