Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Whiskey (Sourced Whiskey)
Tennessee Whiskey — Tennessee, USA
Reviewed August 23, 2019
Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Pours in to my Glencairn the color of very light tan suede. Takes while to form small slow moving droplets. NOSE: Thin (I know thin isn't a smell, but more of an impression) and Stinging Hot. Not very complex. Corn Dust and Oak. Maybe a little Banana? There was a floral note initially but it faded rather quickly. NEAT: Enters the palate very sweet with Caramel and Light Banana. On the Mid-palate this is Hot & Young and it moves right to a Hot Bitter Medium Length Finish. Mouthfeel is relatively thin. If this is Seven Years Old, I'll eat mine and your hat. SPLASH: Improves the palate a good deal just by reducing the heat, but doesn't really add any flavors or depth. Does make the mouthfeel a little creamier. If this is going to be finished anytime soon, it will be with a splash or a large cube. VERDICT: I'd been tempted by the UN1856 on shelves here locally, but hadn't bitten. When this one popped into my Facebook feed for $50 with a flat rate shipping rate of $5, I bit on impulse. Something I probably wouldn't have done in a brick and mortar store. I figured I was pretty safe. Sourced Tennessee? Has to be Dickel, and I love Cascade Hollow (sorry, can't make myself type the words "I love Dickel"). A claim of 7yrs? That is a decent age. Those factors all played a part in my decision. After sampling I researched and read that this was supposedly sourced from two different TN companies. Leaving out Jack (who claims to not source) who else has 7 year old stocks in TN? The fact that the word Straight can not be found on the bottle anywhere should also have been a red flag. If this is truly 7 Years Old, what prevents them from calling it straight? Aged in used barrels perhaps? A mix of Bourbon and Rye mash bills? I'm hoping that this is one of those bottles that get better after it's opened. If so I'll report back and let you know, but for now I'm giving this one a too kind 2.75.
50.0 USD per Bottle
Thats what she said"
I finished this one off the other night and while it did improve some, it just never got there for me.
You want a different Tennessee Whiskey experience? Pick up the Peg Leg Porker. About $10 less and infinitely better.
THANKS FOR THE EFFORT!!!
Bedlam vodka is a nice change of pace rice vodka, as I hardly ever drink vodka I was surprised to have something positive to say about it. As for the Uncle, odd that a whiskey named for a JD Distiller would come from G. Dickel. The price on U.N. is around 70$ here in Georgia so I'm giving it a pass.
@dubz480 I haven't tried anything earth shattering as far as brown spirits go lately. Turning Point Straight Bourbon is good, but still a little young as is Conviction Bourbon. I've really been enjoying Conniption Navy Strength Gin and Bedlam Vodka (both out of Durham) as far as clear spirits go if you're in the mood for a Martini or a Fill in the Blank & Tonic or a Gimlet etc.
@dubz480 I hope I wasn't too harsh on this one, but if it gets better I'll definitely update it. Currently popping Aleve like candy for a torn Plantar Fascia. I don't think that would affect my palate, but it maybe? Like you, I've heard good things, but not a good value.
Sad to here this is a miss. I thought the more expensive prior release was pretty good but not worth the $. It's hard to compete when Dickel put out the BiB for around $35! Cheers! I'll be back in CLT week of 9/2 let me know if there is anything new I should look put for. I am definitely heading back to the broken spoke to see what they have going on.