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Uncle Nearest 1856 Whiskey
Uncle Nearest 1856 Whiskey

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Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Whiskey

Named after Nathan “Nearest” Green, the former slave who’s credited with teaching Jack Daniels how to distill.
For most of Jack Daniel’s 150 year history, popular lore held that the brand’s namesake was an orphan who learned how to distill whiskey at the foot of a preacher who’d taken him in — guy by the name of Dan Call. The popular lore, it turns out, was poppycock. Thanks in large part to dogged research by author Fawn Weaver, we now know that the man who actually taught a teenaged Jack Daniel how to coax precious hooch from a still was Nathan “Nearest” Green.

He was a slave, which goes a long way towards explaining why his story was lost in time.The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in 1865, and a year later, Jack Daniel opened his eponymous distillery. He hired Nearest Green as his distiller, and the rest is history.

Nearest hailed from Maryland, where he presumably learned the ins and outs of distillation. It’s unclear when he arrived in Lynchburg, Tennessee, but what can be confirmed is that he is the first African-American master distiller on record in the United States. And now, the name of one of the most influential distillers the world never knew is finally where it rightfully belongs, emblazoned on a bottle of whiskey.

The Premium Aged whiskey is a light caramel-colored whiskey that smells of dried grass, peaches and maple syrup. It’s made to appeal to those who enjoy whiskey on the sweeter side. But don’t let that oatmeal raisin cookie flavor fool you—at 100 proof, this confectionery treat packs a wallop. Best served over a little ice, or in a cocktail with lemon juice and honey.

The enterprise is named for Nearest Green, a slave who ran the whiskey end of the business owned by Lutheran minister, Dan Call. This is the same Dan Call who gave Jack Daniels his start in the whiskey distilling business.  Apparently, Nathan Green taught Jack the “how to’s” of whiskey making and helped develop and perfect the Lincoln County Process. As a slave, his reputation and skills remained part of the local lore, never getting far from Lincoln County until recent times.

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