Republic Restoratives Distillery has been disrupting the distilled spirits world since its inception in 2015. This distillery and its founders are unashamedly outspoken, disruptive and inclusive but opinionated. It is a women-owned and crowdfunded distillery located in the heart of our nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. With that brief history in mind it seems only proper that they would come out with a bottle of whiskey to celebrate the nation’s first African-American, South Asian-American, female to serve as Vice President of the United States.
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And that’s exactly what they’ve done with the introduction of MADAM whiskey. Here’s how they describe this new blended whiskey release.
MADAM is a whiskey and a portrait. It’s a celebration of the outspoken and disruptive, who blaze new trails and shatter glass ceilings. It’s a celebration of those who inspire us to resist and persist. A blend of 7 year old bourbon and 5 year old rye, the finished whiskey is slow-smithed before bottling to produce what we all strive (and vote, and protest, and organize) for- a more perfect union.
The distillery collaborated with local artist Lex Marie to create a bottle design fit for toasting.
“As an artist my mind immediately went to the many masterpieces I’ve studied of portraits painted of French women of status titled ‘Portrait of Madame….’,” said artist Lex Marie. “Portraits have long served as a way to show the sitter’s importance, beauty and power and I felt that Vice President Kamala Harris deserved to be represented in that way.
“Many artists, including myself, create as a response to what is going on in their lives and the lives of those around them. Our work is so important because it captures these important events with true emotion as they take place. As a black woman, I feel honored to paint a portrait of our first black female VP the year she was elected. These are artworks that we will show our grandchildren and their grandchildren.”
MADAM Vice-President Whiskey is a blend of 7 year old bourbon and 5 year old rye whiskey. MADAM is bottled at 92° proof (46% ABV) and has a suggested retail price of $89 for a 750ml bottle. It’s available at the distillery and on their website with shipping to some states.