Premium Aged Whiskey

2018 China Double Gold Award

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.

Tennessee Silver Whiskey

Our Process
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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.

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!

Our Process

Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is made using local ingredients from Tennessee. Our Tennessee Silver is an intricate 11-step, 25-day process utilizing 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.

No other whiskey in the world is made like Uncle Nearest 1856. We believe it’s created with the same care, craftsmanship and techniques that made Nearest Green a Tennessee distilling legend more than 160 years ago.

1.
SUPERIOR INGREDIENTS

We source local Tennessee grain.

2.
FERMENTATION

Using a special yeast strain, the fermentation process takes five days.

3.
DOUBLE DISTILLATION

Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is distilled not once, but twice for added purity and smoothness.

4.
THE LINCOLN COUNTY PROCESS

The double-distilled whiskey then goes through our proprietary triple charcoal mellowing system—designed and built exclusively for Uncle Nearest. This step takes up to 14 days and is known as the Lincoln County Process, named after the county in which Nearest lived and made whiskey.

5.
BARREL MATURATION

Following the same process Nearest used, what will become our Aged Whiskey is poured into new American oak barrels at around 110 proof. It's then moved to a rickhouse until it reaches whiskey perfection.

6.
FINAL FILTRATION

Special carbon and DE filtration removes any remaining impurities while preserving the distinctive characteristics of a truly outstanding Tennessee whiskey.

7.
TO THE BOTTLE, THEN TO YOU

The final step: bottling and labeling by hand in Nashville, then delivery to the many fine establishments where Uncle Nearest is sold or served.

SUPERIOR INGREDIENTS


Our rye and corn, which make up close to 90% of our whiskey recipe, are locally sourced premier grains. Both our rye and corn are Estate Grown Grains from Walnut Grove Farms and our corn malt is from Grouse Malt House.

THE LINCOLN COUNTY PROCESS

Sugar Maple trees are harvested, then cut into timbers.

Two-inch by two-inch seasoned sugar maple timbers are stacked in a rick for burn consistency. Unaged whiskey is then used to ignite the flame.

Once the wood is reduced to charcoal, it’s packed tightly and layered with virgin wool cloth in an oversized wooden vat.

For up to 14 days, the whiskey is allowed to slowly drip through the charcoal, leaving impurities behind.

The mellowed, filtered whiskey is transferred to charred, new American Oak barrels for aging.

Cocktails

A whiskey this smooth and pure is often enjoyed neat or on the rocks. But if you’re partial to a superb cocktail, these were created exclusively for Uncle Nearest 1856 by the master mixologists at Bull in China.

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 Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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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