I discovered Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Whiskey with our friend Matt Carlson when we did a virtual tasting with the Uncle Nearest team on the first days of the pandemic. We tasted it with their 1884 Small Batch Whiskey and had a joyful time. That brings us to the story of Uncle Nearest.
One media buzz changed the history of whiskey in the last years. They were saying that Jack Daniel learned how to distill from a former slave named Nathan 'Nearest' Green. After extensive research by the CEO of Uncle Nearest. Fawn Weaver, we could learn that an African-American distiller was the initiator to change the history of the whiskey world and the American whiskey industry. Our friends at Breaking Bourbon tell the story in deep detail in their article!
Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Whiskey is blended from whiskies that are aged between 8 to 14 years and they are sourced from different distilleries. It is at 100 proof and priced at $60-70 range.
How Does It Taste?
Way more complex than Uncle Nearest 1884! The nose has an opening with orange blossom and kettle corn. Oak spices with toasted oak, tobacco and milk chocolate make it fun. The palate is very creamy with dried fruits, apple pie, carob, maple syrup and spices. The finish is a bit dry with deep aromas like tobacco, coffee and black tea tannins. It is lingering with baking spices.
Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Whiskey feels premium with a good mouthfeel and layers of flavors. This is a very well crafted sipping whiskey and I will be keeping a bottle of it from now on. The progression of aromas and texture is crazy good. There is a peak with dark flavors and at the very end the incline of spices is just gorgeous.