Premium Aged Whiskey

Premium Aged Whiskey

The whiskey 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.

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Premium Aged Whiskey

The whiskey 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.

Our Process

Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is made using local ingredients from Tennessee. Our Premium Silver uses a one-of-a-kind triple charcoal mellowing system that was hand-drawn and fabricated by engineers, exclusively for Uncle Nearest. No other whiskey in the world utilizes this proprietary process.

It is our Silver whiskey that will become our Aged after a minimum of seven years. As we still have time before our silver turns to gold, we are working with two local distilleries still making Tennessee whiskey the way Nearest made it intricately by hand, placing it in the barrel close to the same 110-proof Nearest was known for, and pouring it out at just the right age, taste and color for a surprisingly smooth finish.

Whiskey Barrel

1.
SUPERIOR INGREDIENTS
Local Tennessee grain is sourced then ground by a hammer mill.

2.
FERMENTATION
A special yeast strain is created in preparation of the fermentation process which takes 3 to 5 days.

3.
DOUBLE DISTILLATION
First distillation in a column still occurs, followed by a second distillation.

4.
CHARCOAL MELLOWING
Impurities are then removed by slowly filtering the whiskey through charcoal made from sugar maple trees. This step, known as the Lincoln County Process, was named after the county in which Nearest lived and made his whiskey. It is this intricate purification process Nearest helped perfect.

5.
BARREL AGING
What will become our premium aged whiskey is poured into new American oak barrels and placed in the barrel house for aging. Our premium silver is placed in a barrel for one day and then removed while still clear.

6.
FINAL FILTRATION
The final step is carbon filtration, which removes all impurities while leaving in everything that makes Tennessee whiskey so great.

7.
TO THE BOTTLE, THEN TO YOU
Our whiskey is then bottled and labeled by hand in Nashville, Tennessee before being delivered to a bar, store or restaurant near you.

Our History

More AboutNathan "Nearest" Green

Way back in LYNCHBURG, TENNESSEE, the name Nearest Green has always meant something special. His birth name was Nathan Green, but his family and friends called him Uncle Nearest. No one actually knows how he obtained that nickname, so we assume he was the “nearest and dearest” to so many who came in contact with him.

Hailing from Maryland, one of the original capitals of whiskey making in the United States, we don’t know how or when Uncle Nearest made his way southwest to Tennessee. What we can confirm is he is the first African-American master distiller on record in the United States and thought to be responsible for helping perfect the Lincoln County Process, a requirement in being categorized as Tennessee Whiskey.

It should be noted that a 2004 book misspelled Nearest as “Nearis,” based on an incorrect spelling on the 1880 census. His name has always been and will always be Nathan “Nearest” Green—or to those who knew him best, Uncle Nearest. Now, it’s up to each of us to share his story and to make sure he’s given his due respect. Will you join us? Cheers!

Cocktails

Old Hat
  • 2 oz. Uncle Nearest Premium Aged Whiskey
  • ¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ¾ oz. Honey Syrup*

Add all ingredients into a shaker tin with ice and shake well for ten seconds. Strain into a rocks glass over ice.

*Honey Syrup: Heat equal amounts honey and water in a saucepan. Stir until combined.

Old Hat
  • 2 oz. Uncle Nearest Premium Aged
  • 1/4 oz. Allspice Dram
  • Barspoon Maple Syrup
  • 4 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Pinch of Salt

Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill, then strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with an orange peel.

Old Hat
  • 1 1/2 oz. Uncle Nearest Premium Silver
  • 3/4 oz. Dolin Blanc
  • 1/2 oz. Lime Juice
  • Soda Water
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters
  • 2 Peach Slices
  • Pinch of Black Pepper
  • 1/2 oz. Honey Syrup*

In a shaker tin, muddle two peach slices. Add remaining ingredients with ice and shake well. Strain into a wine or collins glass over crushed ice. Top with soda water and garnish with mint.

*Honey Syrup: Heat equal amounts honey and water in a saucepan. Stir until combined.

Old Hat
  • 2 oz. Uncle Nearest Premium Silver
  • 4 oz. Green Tea
  • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 1 dash Lavender Bitters
  • 2 Fresh Sage Leaves

Pour all ingredients into collins glass and gently muddle sage leaves. Top with ice and stir. Garnish with lavender sprig.

*Simple Syrup: Heat equal amounts sugar and water in a saucepan. Stir until combined.

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