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1856 Premium Aged Whiskey

Uncle Nearest 1856 has a caramel color with a beautiful deep golden hue. Baled hay and pumpkin seeds on the nose with subtle notes of ripe stone fruit and caramel corn. Bold and spicy upfront then mellows with sweet caramel and maple, like biting into an oatmeal raisin cookie. The finish is long and rich. It lingers pleasantly sweet on the palate with notes of vanilla after the spice dissipates.

Appearance

Light caramel, straw/hay, beautiful deep golden hue

Nose

Bale of hay, dried grass, stone fruit notes of ripe peach and apricot, caramel corn and sweet maple.

Palate

Spicy caramel up front with the proof, hints of maple then mellows with dried fruit and floral notes. Sweetness and spice reminiscent of freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies.

Finish

Long and rich finish, lingers pleasantly sweet on the palate, notes of vanilla.

Small Batch Whiskey

1856 Premium Aged Whiskey

Uncle Nearest 1856 has a caramel color with a beautiful deep golden hue. Baled hay and pumpkin seeds on the nose with subtle notes of ripe stone fruit and caramel corn. Bold and spicy upfront then mellows with sweet caramel and maple, like biting into an oatmeal raisin cookie. The finish is long and rich. It lingers pleasantly sweet on the palate with notes of vanilla after the spice dissipates.

Appearance

Light caramel, straw/hay, beautiful deep golden hue

Nose

Bale of hay, dried grass, stone fruit notes of ripe peach and apricot, caramel corn and sweet maple.

Palate

Spicy caramel up front with the proof, hints of maple then mellows with dried fruit and floral notes. Sweetness and spice reminiscent of freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies.

Finish

Long and rich finish, lingers pleasantly sweet on the palate, notes of vanilla.

NEAREST GREEN Single Barrel Edition

Did you know that less than 1% of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey barrels will ever be selected as single barrels? In order to be a candidate for our Uncle Nearest 1820, the whiskey must be aged a minimum of 11 years, with a cask strength above 108, and each one is hand-picked by our founders and approved by a panel of whiskey industry professionals. These barrels are exceptionally rare and the whiskey is worth the wait.

Find Uncle Nearest 1820 Single Barrel today in select retail partners throughout Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

MOST-AWARDED AMERICAN WHISKEY OR BOURBON OF 2019 AND 2020

THE STORY OF NEAREST GREEN

Narrated by Emmy-Award winning actor Jeffrey Wright, this beautifully shot short film, telling the story of the first known African-American master distiller, is about much more than whiskey. It is a story of honor, respect, and an unlikely friendship that could be the greatest American story you never heard.

More AboutUncle Nearest

Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is inspired by the best whiskey-maker the world never knew, the first known African-American master distiller, Nathan “Nearest” Green. The Uncle Nearest brand, wholly owned by Uncle Nearest, Inc., an all minority-led business, encompasses a premium aged whiskey with a blend of 8- to 14- year old, an 11-year-old minimum age single barrel, and a 7-year-old small batch offering, all mellowed using the Lincoln County Process, a unique filtering of bourbon through sugar maple charcoal. This process has been confirmed to have been brought to Tennessee by enslaved people and taught by Nearest Green to the most famous Tennessee Whiskey maker of all time. Uncle Nearest is distilled, aged, bottled and hand-labeled in Tennessee.

The company built its brand on its knack for sourcing the best of Tennessee whiskies and bourbons, and using its own non-temperature-controlled aging process and unique post-aging double filtration method that significantly changes the characteristics and profile of the original whiskies. Uncle Nearest is the most awarded new American premium whiskey brand in United States history, garnering 75 awards since its July 2017 debut, including being one of two brands named “World’s Best” at Whisky Magazine’s 2019 World Whiskies Awards, and earning 15 Best in Class. Cigar & Spirits Magazine also named Uncle Nearest one of the “Top 5 Whiskies in the World.”

The whiskey is currently available in all 50 states and 12 countries (while shipping into a total of 148 countries), in more than 10,000 stores, bars, restaurants and its 270-acre distillery in Shelbyville, Tenn., dubbed by a member of the press as “Malt Disney World.”

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Merchandise

Cocktails

Tuxedo Adam Chapman // The Gibson, San Francisco, CA

The Ingredients

  • 2 oz Uncle Nearest 1884
  • .25 oz caramelized coconut simple syrup
  • Toasted coconut cream to top

The Method

Whiskey is dripped through a tall coffee column, which is filled with a blend of coffee beans and bay nuts. Stir whiskey and syrup well. Pour into a fluted glass and top with warm coconut cream from an ISI canister.

Joshitai Daiquiri Kala Ellis // Oku, Nashville, TN

The Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Uncle Nearest
  • .75 oz lemon juice
  • .75 oz plum maceration
  • 1 dash tiki bitters
  • 2 dashes Peychaud's bitters

The Method

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well, strain into a coupe glass, garnish with a lemon zest.

Uncle's Paloma Ryan Bono // Club 77, Chicago, IL

The Ingredients

  • 1.75 oz Uncle Nearest 1856
  • 1.5 oz Luxardo Aperitivo
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1.5 oz organic honey syrup
  • Peychaud’s bitters

The Method

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well, strain into glass and garnish with a Peychaud’s bitters float.

Nearest to Happiness Jay Madison // One Flew South, Atlanta, GA

The Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Uncle Nearest 1856
  • 0.5 oz Lillet Rouge
  • 0.5 oz lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup
  • 3-4 blueberries

The Method

Muddle blueberries, combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well and pour into rocks glass. Garnish with 3 blueberries and a mint leaf.

Spicy Lady Frida Cantina // Beverly Hills, CA

The Ingredients

  • Muddle 1 slice of Jalepeño
  • 2 oz Uncle Nearest 1884
  • 0.75 oz lime juice
  • 0.5 oz blood orange
  • 0.5 oz agave

The Method

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well, strain over fresh ice. Served in a rocks glass with a half rim of special chipotle sea salt, garnish with blood orange segment.

No particular sign Jeremy Johnson // Meta, Louisville, KY

The Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Uncle Nearest 1856
  • .75 oz lemon juice
  • .5 oz Umami syrup
  • .5 oz Akashi Ume

The Method

Reverse dry shake, strain into a coupe or sherry glass. Garnish with 4 drops of Peychaud bitters.

Uncle's Garden Khadka Anjan // Grand Hyatt, Tokyo

The Ingredients

  • 45 ml Uncle Nearest 1856
  • 15 ml St Germaine liqueur
  • 45 ml pineapple juice
  • 1 egg white

The Method

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well, strain into a coupe glass, garnish with pineapple leaf or edible flowers.

Uncle Fizz Matt Ryan // Atria, Edgartown, MA

The Ingredients

  • 2 oz Uncle Nearest 1884
  • 1 oz apple juice
  • 0.25 oz lemon juice
  • 1 egg white
  • Ginger beer to fill

The Method

Combine all, except ginger beer in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well. Fill glass with ice add ginger beer, then strain cocktail into glass.

Enter the Dragon Table 13 // Davenport Grand Hotel, Spokane, WA

The Ingredients

  • 2 oz Uncle Nearest 1856
  • 2 drops of a sesame tincture
  • 1 barspoon of ricemilk/orange blossom syrup blend
  • 2 dashes of Skidmore bitters
  • Ginger beer to fill

The Method

Combine all ingredients, except ginger beer, into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well and strain into a collins glass over ice, fill with ginger beer, and stir gently.

Devil's Advocate Devil's Advocate

The Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Uncle Nearest 1856
  • 1 oz Ramazzotti
  • .5 oz Dolin Sweet Vermouth
  • .25 oz Cherry Heering
  • .25 oz Cynar
  • Top with Ramazzotti infused root beer foam

The Method

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well, strain over fresh ice in a Pilsner glass and top with Ramazzotti Root Beer Foam.

The Fall Classic The Fall Classic

The Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Uncle Nearest 1884
  • .5 oz Domaine De Canton ginger liquer
  • 1 bar spoon of sour cherry jam
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • .5 oz lemon juice
  • 1 dash cherry bitters
  • Luxardo cherry

The Method

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well and strain into glass and garnish with cherry.

Four Grain Gait Emma Tumman // British Bourbon Society, Reading, UK

The Ingredients

  • 50 ml Uncle Nearest 1856
  • 15 ml Mozart dark chocolate liqueur
  • 20 ml single cream
  • 20 ml 4% milk

The Method

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake well and strain into a coupette glass and dust with ground cookie. Dairy cream and milk can be substituted for oat cream and milk.

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