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The Grandaddy Mimm’s Story
From deep in the woods of the North Georgia mountains, comes a new whiskey with flavors as deep and rich as the history behind it. In the early 1930’s Jack “Mimm” McClure started making bootleg whiskey in the rural area of Young Harris, Georgia – about two hours northeast of Atlanta. His recipes for Apple Brandy, Peach Brandy and Corn Whiskey produced some of the smoothest brews around those parts, and it was strong enough to fuel a car – for those who could afford one – and cure the common cold. Mimm passed away in 1969, and though the recipe remained in the family, not another drop was produced. until now…
Mimm’s grandson, Tommy Townsend, was only two when his infamous grandfather died, but the stories of the fear and respect his grandfather commanded – along with never ending reports of charity and compassion – in those parts are engrained in his life today. Family talk about his grandfather’s moonshine prompted Tommy to question his mother and uncle about the recipe. With the family’s blessing, he began the process of producing Grand Daddy Mimm’s Whiskey using the same recipe and the same simple ingredients with all of the taste and tradition enjoyed by common folk, celebrities and high-powered politicians 80 years ago.
Tommy Townsend met Waylon Jennings when he was a teenager and they became fast friends. Waylon mentored Tommy in the country music business and produced Tommy’s first CD when he was 22 years old. When Waylon died, his original backer band asked Tommy to join them as their lead singer. The Waymore’s Outlaws began touring in the US and Europe, with Shooter Jennings, Kid Rock and Hank Williams, Jr., just to name a few. While touring, Tommy met a guy and they started talking about moonshine. When Tommy told him that his Grandaddy Mimm was a lifetime bootlegger in Towns County, GA, the guy asked if he could get the recipe. Tommy called his Uncle George who still remembered the original recipe, and in 2012 Mimm’s recipe was used to make moonshine for the first time since the 1960’s. In 2016 Grandaddy Mimm’s Moonshine Distillery was opened in Blairsville, GA where customers could buy a tour of the distillery and receive a complimentary bottle of moonshine. The new Georgia state law passed in March 2017 allowing direct sales to the public as of September 1, 2017.
Tommy’s sister, Debby Townsend, is the manager of the distillery and his dad, Roy Townsend runs the bottling machine. It truly is a family business and we are proud of using the old-time methods developed by Grandaddy Mimm.