RICHMOND, Va. -- How better to mark the birthday of George Washington than with a taste of All-American Whiskey?
Sunday was Washington's 277th birthday.
Members of the Virginia Senate found green keepsake boxes containing a single 1.7-ounce bottle with a blend of 11 major brands of American whiskeys.
Each box, courtesy of Historic Mount Vernon and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, also contained a shot glass.
The labels, as diverse as Tennessee's Jack Daniel, Missouri's Platte Valley and home-state Virginia Gentleman, were mingled, vatted, bottled and labeled at Mount Vernon, Washington's Virginia estate.
Strong drink in Richmond's corridors of power isn't new. Presenting it on the Senate floor is rare. Senator Ken Stolle of Virginia Beach said he's never seen it in his 4½ terms.