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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.

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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 African-American master distiller on record in the United States, Nearest Green. The Uncle Nearest brand, wholly owned by Uncle Nearest, Inc., encompasses a premium aged whiskey, an 11-year-old single barrel product, and a 7-year-old small batch offering, all distilled, aged, bottled and hand-labeled in Tennessee. The whiskey is currently available in all 50 states and 12 countries, in more than 25,000 stores, bars and restaurants.

Uncle Nearest is the most awarded American Whiskey or Bourbon of 2019 and 2020. Our three ultra-premium whiskeys have garnered more than 150 awards and accolades throughout the world since the brand’s July 2017 debut. These include Spirit Brand of the Year from Wine Enthusiast, Master Blender of the Year from Whisky Magazine, Double Gold at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirit Competition and back-to-back honors of “World’s Best” at the 2019 and 2020 World Whiskies Awards. Uncle Nearest has earned 25 Best in Class honors, including one of the “Top 5 Whiskies in the World.”

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Merchandise

Cocktails

Dignity Emma Kreis // Napa Valley, CA

The Ingredients

  • 1.5oz Uncle Nearest 1884
  • .75oz Sarsaparilla Syrup
  • 1oz Lemon Juice
  • Absinthe Rinse
  • Fresh Dill Sprig

The Method

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds. Rinse a chilled cocktail glass with a small amount of absinthe. Strain cocktail into glass. Garnish with a sprig of dill.

Fun Fact

Sarsaparilla has both savory and sweet applications and is enhanced by mint. Emma’s background as a cook definitely came through in this syrup!

Near & Dear Jamie Clark // Las Vegas, NV

The Ingredients

  • 2oz Uncle Nearest 1856
  • 1oz Chica Morada Syrup
  • 1oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 Egg White
  • Purple Corn Dust (Crushed Dried Purple Corn)
  • Edible Flowers

The Method

Add first four ingredients to a cocktail shaker without ice. Shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds. Add ice and shake again. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Sprinkle purple corn dust over half of the cocktail. Place edible flowers down a line in the center.

Fun Fact

Chicha Morada is a traditional punch-like beverage originating in Peru. It is made by boiling dried purple corn, pineapple skin, apples, cinnamon, cloves, water, and sugar.

Sin of a Father Rob Noyola // Burbank, CA

The Ingredients

  • 1.5oz Uncle Nearest 1856
  • .75oz Manzanilla Sherry
  • .75oz Golden Raisin Syrup
  • .75oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Egg White
  • Lemon Peel

The Method

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker without ice. Shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds. Add ice and shake again. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Legacy

Inspired by Rob’s relationship with his father and his role as a new parent. He hopes to leave behind a legacy demonstrating that compassion, conversation, and a willingness to be open towards people and ideas, are fundamental for unity.

Bootstraps & Pie Chandler Tomayko // Austin, TX

The Ingredients

  • 2oz Uncle Nearest 1884
  • .75oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • .5oz Apricot Brandy
  • .5oz Pecan Simple Syrup
  • 2 Drops Orange Bitters
  • 4 Sage Leaves
  • 1 Sage Sprig

The Method

Add whiskey and 4 sage leaves to a cocktail shaker and muddle gently. Add remaining ingredients (except sage sprig) and ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled rocks glass. Fill with crushed ice. Garnish with a toasted sage sprig.

Legacy

Inspired by the female family members in Chandler’s life who continued to create opportunities for themselves regardless of the adversity they faced.

Zerizut/Tōsō Dylan Seo // Newark, DE

The Ingredients

  • 1.5oz Uncle Nearest 1856
  • .5oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • .5oz Za'atar Honey Simple (1:1)
  • 1.25oz Infused Sake (Pineapple, Ginger, and Turmeric)
  • Soda Water
  • Peychaud's Bitters
  • Pineapple Wedge
  • Dried Dill

The Method

Combine first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a large cube and shake for 8-10 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass with a matcha and honey large ice cube. Top with a splash of soda water and 5 heavy dashes of Peychaud’s. Garnish with a dill crusted pineapple wedge and slightly toast it to caramelize the pineapple and bring out the aromatics.

Fun Fact

Zerizut is Hebrew for “alacrity”, or “perseverance.” Toso means “struggle” in Japanese. This cocktail honors the legacy of Dylan’s Jewish American and Japanese American family and their ability to persevere through trials and tribulations, emerging better on the other side.

Last Day of Summer Melodie Murphy // Houston, TX

The Ingredients

  • 2oz Uncle Nearest 1884
  • 1.5oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1.5oz Grilled Peach and Ginger Syrup
  • 3 Dashes Black Walnut Bitters
  • One Small Slice of Peach

The Method

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 8-10 seconds. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with fresh peach slice.

Fun Fact

Liquid smoke highlights the grilled flavor of this peach syrup, vanilla gives depth to the sweetness, while ginger gives it a little tang to balance things out.

The 5-6 Punch Kari Korenchen // Omaha, NE

The Ingredients

  • 2oz Uncle Nearest 1856 Whiskey
  • .5oz Cinnamon-Orange-Fennel-Syrup
  • .33oz Orange Juice
  • .5oz Lustau Amontillado Los Arcos Dry Sherry
  • 2 Drops Saline Solution (10% Solution)
  • Dried Orange Wheel

The Method

For non-clarified, on-the-fly version, combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 8-10 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a dehydrated orange. Enjoy!

For milk clarified, finalized version, combine all ingredients, without dilution, slowly into an ounce of whole milk. Let curdle overnight, then fine strain using a paper coffee filter, nut milk bag, or high micron-count nylon filter. May take 1-2 hours to fully filter. Serve over ice, garnish with a dehydrated orange, enjoy!

Fun Fact

Milk clarification is a cocktail technique in which an acidic ingredient is used to curdle milk, separating it into curds and whey. The curd clumps act as filters that trap particulates, so that when a cloudy liquid is poured through them (such as a cocktail with citrus juice that curdled the milk) it comes out clear.

The Peel Deal Kim Stodel // Los Angeles, CA

The Ingredients

  • 1.5oz Uncle Nearest 1856
  • 3-4 Lime Wedges
  • .75oz Banana Peel & Cinnamon Syrup
  • Coconut La Croix Sparkling Water
  • Lime Wedge or Wheel

The Method

In a collins glass, muddle lime wedges, banana peel & cinnamon syrup and Uncle Nearest 1856. Add ice and top with Coconut La Croix Sparkling water. Stir to mix, garnish and enjoy!

Legacy

A sustainable cocktail using an ingredient usually regarded as trash! This cocktail is inspired by Kim’s legacy of implementing ways to be less wasteful, more imaginative and resourceful by using ingredients to their fullest potential behind the bar and in life.

Peach & Pecan Cobbla Anastasia Cooper // Bethesda, MD

The Ingredients

  • 1.5oz Roasted Pecan Infused Uncle Nearest 1856
  • .5oz Peach Liqueur
  • .25oz Amontillado Sherry
  • .75oz Pecan Orgeat (Made from leftover infused pecans)
  • .25oz Cinnamon Syrup
  • Half a Lemon Cubed
  • 3 Pieces of Cubed Peach
  • Mint Sprig
  • Cinnamon Stick
  • Peach Slices

The Method

Muddle peach and lemon in a cocktail shaker. Add liquid ingredients. Add a few pieces of crushed ice and shake until cold. Strain into a chilled highball glass. Add crushed ice and garnish with mint sprig, grated cinnamon and slices of peach.

Legacy

Honoring Anastasia’s Georgia roots, she paired whiskey, peaches and pecans by infusing our delicious Uncle Nearest 1856 with pecans, as well as using a homemade pecan orgeat.

The Stepping Stone Josh Saphier // Houston, TX

The Ingredients

  • 1.5oz Pine Infused Uncle Nearest 1884
  • .5oz Pedro Ximénez Sherry
  • .5oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • .5oz Hibiscus Syrup
  • .25oz Orgeat
  • Bar Spoon Black Tea Simple Syrup
  • 5 Drops Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters
  • Beautyberry Cluster

The Method

Combine all ingredients except the hibiscus syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 8-10 seconds and strain over crushed ice into a collins glass. Float hibiscus syrup on top and garnish with beautyberry cluster. If you can’t find beautyberries (native to Texas), garnish with a lemon wheel.

Fun Fact

American beautyberry grows in rich woods and thickets in Central and East Texas, especially in the coastal plain pinelands. It has clusters of beautiful purple berries clinging to the branches in late summer through fall.

Smoked Apple Cinnamon Sour Annie Llew // Scranton, PA

The Ingredients

  • 2oz Uncle Nearest 1856
  • .75oz Smoked Apple Cinnamon Syrup
  • 2-3 Dashes Orange Bitters
  • .5oz Lemon Juice
  • .5oz Aquafaba
  • Dried Orange Wheel

The Method

Add liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker without ice. Dry shake for 10 seconds, add ice, then shake again for 8-10 seconds. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with dried orange wheel.

Fun Fact

What is Aquafaba? It is the liquid leftover from cooked chickpeas! You can get it by draining a can of chickpeas and retaining the liquid. Due to its ability to mimic functional properties of egg whites in cooking, aquafaba can be used as a direct replacement for them in some cases.

The Little Easy Peter Jones // Spokane, WA

The Ingredients

  • 1.5oz Uncle Nearest 1856
  • .75oz Grind Espresso Liquer
  • .25oz Cinnamon & Juniper Syrup
  • 1 Barspoon Black Walnut Bitters
  • Lemon Peel
  • Cinnamon, Chicory & Cedar Smoked Glass

The Method

Add all liquid ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir until cold. Pour into cinnamon, chicory & cedar smoked glass over one large cube. Garnish with an expressed lemon peel.

Fun Fact

To smoke the glass, take a cedar plank and place a small amount of ground chicory root and 1/2 a cinnamon stick on the board. Using a creme brûlée torch, burn the chicory and cinnamon until smoking and place a double old-fashioned glass over them to capture the smoke.

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