The Uncle Nearest brand was inspired by the best Whiskey maker the world never knew – Nathan “Nearest” Green, the first African-American master distiller on record in the US.
Nathan Green (his family and friends called him Uncle Nearest) was born into slavery, working on Reverend Call’s farm (and operating a Whiskey still in his free time). In 1850s, he started working with an orphan boy named Jack Daniel (yes, THE Jack) and taught him how to make Whiskey and was later hired as the first master distiller for Jack Daniel's Distillery.
Many believe Green may have perfected what is now known as the Lincoln Country Process – a process that defines Tennessee Whiskey.
The brand that was founded in 2017 by Fawn Weaver is the first in the Spirits’ history to commemorate an African American.
Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is now sold in almost 50 states and in more than 4,000 locations all over the world. Their line-up includes premium aged Whiskeys distilled using only locally sourced grains, aged, bottle and hand-labeled in Tennessee.
In its first two years Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey earned over 40 awards and accolades, including “World’s Best” at the 2020 World Whiskies Awards, “Top 5 Whiskies in the World,” by Cigar & Spirits Magazine, “Chairman’s Trophy, Platinum and Double Gold” by SIP Awards and “Best American Whiskey."
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