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Uncle Nearest

Thu, Dec 01, 22  |  molly's spotlight

Behind The Barrel

The History

The Uncle Nearest brand was built in honor of Nathan “Nearest” Green. Uncle Nearest, as his family and friends in his hometown of Lynchburg, Tennessee called him, was the first known African-American master distiller. 

Many refer to Uncle Nearest as the “godfather of Tennessee whiskey” for his innovations and contributions to the industry. In fact, he is even credited with teaching distiller Jack Daniel his famous charcoal filtration method. We love that this brand brings attention to his story!

The Distillery Now

The legacy of Uncle Nearest is alive and strong, ready to be shared with those who enjoy exceptional whiskey. 

A different descendant of Uncle Nearest curates each batch of 1884 Small Batch. The first batch to hit shelves is specially chosen by Green’s great-great-granddaughter, Victoria Eady-Butler. She is proud to honor Uncle Nearest through this spirit.


Color: Light Amber

Nose: The aromas are ripe with toasted wood and honey.

Taste: On the palate, you’ll find a lighter-bodied spirit with vanilla and brown butter notes and a light burn on the back palate.

Finish: Crisp and lightly dry.

Pairings: Cheese board with aged cheddar

Molly's Staff Thoughts - Justin's Pick

“Great examples of a good Tennessee whiskey. Medium bodied, caramel driven and a great way to honor the history of Black producers in American whiskey.”

Find out more about Uncle Nearest and the rest of their whiskies here.