Distillery dormant for over 100 years relaunches

15th August, 2014 by Melita Kiely

A US distillery that lay dormant for more than 100 years has been brought back into operation by the original owner’s great-great-great-grandsons.

Nelson's Green Brier Distillery

Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery relaunched this week having been closed since 1909

Following eight years of planning, the Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, located in Marathon Village, Tennessee, was relaunched this week, producing whiskey for the first time since 1909.

The 19th century family business was founded by Charles Nelson and revived by his great-great-great grandsons, brothers Charlie and Andy Nelson.

The pair will focus on producing Tennessee whiskey to begin with, but plan to produce Bourbon at a later stage.

“Our Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey will be our signature brand,” Charlie Nelson told The Tennessean.

Visitors will be able to tour the distillery from October, which will also include tastings of new spirit from the still, named Miss Louisa in honour of Charles Nelson’s wife, who operated the business after his death in 1891.

“It was pretty amazing that not only was this woman running a business pre-1900, but a woman running a business in the South, running a business in a male-dominated industry,” Nelson added.

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