The truth behind the legend.
Uncle Nearest is a Tennessee whiskey created to honor one of the most influential distillers who until now was virtually lost to history, the man who taught a teenaged Jack Daniels the whiskey distilling trade. Nathan "Nearest" Green was the first Black master distiller on record in the country, and until recently, his story was all but forgotten.
The Uncle Nearest line of whiskeys was created to pay tribute to this until-now forgotten distiller, and to do justice to his legacy by crafting a truly premium Tennessee Whiskey that competes with the best.
And this effort paid off, as can be attested by Uncle Nearest's bevy of awards. In fact, it's the most-awarded American Whiskey or Bourbon of 2019 & 2020.
“The Premium Aged whiskey is a light caramel-colored whiskey that smells of dried grass, peaches and maple syrup. It's made to appeal to those who enjoy whiskey on the sweeter side. But don’t let that oatmeal raisin cookie flavor fool you--- it's 100 proof. This confectionary treat packs a wallop. Best served over a little ice, or in a cocktail with lemon juice and honey.”- Robb Report
750ml & 100 Proof
||Layers and layers of aroma and taste. A sweet fruity vanilla aroma has hints of banana lingering just beneath the surface. The palate is incredibly smooth with caramel, apple and hay notes that leave room to introduce a smoky oak and hint of pepper flavor.
Ways to Enjoy
Classic: Drink it neat or with a splash of water
Jalepeño, lime, blood orange & agave shaken with whiskey for a Spicy Lady
87/100 - Distiller.com
2017 - Gold, San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2019 - Double Gold, International Wine and Spirits Competition
2019 - World’s Best, World Whiskies Awards
As the Uncle Nearest distillery is being constructed, the whiskey is currently produced and processed off-site. However, it's produced according to a proprietary method developed by Uncle Nearest's Director of Whiskey Operations, Sherrie Moore, who was previously at Jack Daniels for 31 years.
The whiskey utilizes corn malt, as part of an authentic 19th century recipe that hasn't been used since 1912. It is brewed and fermented over the course of six days, as you would a bourbon. After fermentation, the whiskey goes through a triple charcoal mellowing system, as part of the Lincoln County Process, which makes Tennessee Whiskey distinct from bourbon.
Finally, it's put into charred #4 barrels at 100 proof where it's aged to deliciousness.
Not just a convenient folkloric backstory, Nathan "Nearest" Green played a huge, but until recently uncredited, role in the development of American whiskey.
While still enslaved, he taught a young Jack Daniels how to run a whiskey still, and after emancipation continued on as Master Distiller at Daniels' first distillery.
Author Fawn Weaver uncovered Nathan Green's story through thousands of hours of research, and was determined to create a whiskey that brought his contributions to light and honored him as an important American who played a unique role in shaping the spirits landscape.
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