Uncle Nearest 1856 Tennessee Whiskey
Uncle Nearest 1856 // Tennessee, USA
Named in honor of Nathan "Nearest" Green, a former slave who taught Jack Daniel how to distill. Launched in Portland, Ore. in July 2017, this sourced Tennessee whiskey was distilled at two (unnamed) Tennessee distilleries. The whiskey was made using local grains and the Lincoln County Process of filtering through sugar maple charcoal prior to barreling. It was aged in new, charred American oak barrels. Bottled at 100 proof.
TennesseeProduced in Tennessee; mash grain at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels; filtered through maple charcoal prior to aging.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"Uncle Nearest has a fascinating story behind it, but how is the whiskey in the bottle? It's spicy up front, fading into a long vanilla finish. In between, green herbaceous notes and a hint of pear emerge on the palate. Its 100 proof prevents it from being too mild despite undergoing the Lincoln County process. Its price is arguably high for a sourced Tennessee whiskey, but it succeeds in taking a typically mild category in an interesting direction."