The story of Tennessee Whiskey is a story about a Lynchburg preacher/farmer who taught a young Jack Daniel how to run the stills. Well, that’s the old story. Now, after years of research, the mythology became even cooler. The man who actually trained Jack to be the future Whiskey behemoth, was the preacher’s slave, Nathan Green, a.k.a. Uncle Nearest. Fawn Weaver was so inspired by the new found tale of the first African-American distiller, she bought the legendary farm and built a distillery nearby. Uncle Nearest celebrates the forgotten legacy of Nathan Green and offers true Tennessee Whiskey.
Local grains, a special yeast strain, double distillation, the exclusive Lincoln County process (triple charcoal mellowing), and new American oak barrels write a fantastic tale of the bright Whiskey future, founded on one of the most exciting origin stories. Nathan Green was a trailblazer and a forgotten hero – a hero we must not forget again. Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Whiskey is a rich and smooth Spirit with a sweet nose and a caramel palate with just the right amount of spices.
What does Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Aged Whiskey taste like?
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Rye Whiskey is made from mash that is at least 51 percent rye. The grain gives Rye Whiskey its spicy, sometimes peppery, and bitter flavor. It was a big seller before Prohibition, and after decades in obscurity, it’s fashionable again. Fun fact: George Washington distilled Rye Whiskey at Mount Vernon.
I found it to be charred, burnt, unbalanced and poor flavor profile.
Better on the nose then the palate, finish is ok, but overall poor execution..
Damn good stuff here. Smooth caramel to start off, little bit of charred oak and apple to finish.
Harsh by itself. Gonna be a mixing whiskey.
Get a little too much dirt
Good upfront flavor but after taste was kind of gross.
I originally purchased the bottle for the history behind the brand. I absolutely enjoy every pull (from each bottle I have purchased). So smooth and flavorful, get a bottle yourself you will not be disappointed.
Delicious and smooth.
A bold fresh front with a smooth silky finish. A mature oak and nice vanilla undertones. Beautiful caramel color.
Soft, vanilla, a hint of smoke, some spices, very subtle, very smooth, a bourbon to put you in a speyside mood.
Very smooth. Only slight spice at the end. A great drinker for a nice evening.
Subtle flavouring with a strong nose. Sweetness followed by a slow burn.
Strong burn at first but finishes nicely with a nutty taste.
Very sweet smelling but the taste and linger flavor of barrel isn't my favorite.
Smooth with a light sweetness and not too much bite on the finish. A good bourbon.
Love this bourbon. It’s rare that I taste such a distinct flavor in a bourbon.
This is my favorite whiskey.
Normally I'm not a huge fan of Tennessee whiskey. HOWEVER, once I had this neat a few times I began to appreciate it for what it is. A big, flavorful, smooth, complex whiskey that begs for another sip. Regardless of someone's plavor preferences, this is a special juice.
This is a great whiskey. A bit spirit forward, but great balance of flavors. Best sipped neat in my opinion.
Absolutely proper bottle of whiskey !!!! 10/10
smooth, full bodied
This is quite possibly the worst whisky I have ever had. A jumbled mess with a disjointed flavor profile...tastes like a supermarket brand whisky.
Really enjoyed this. Pleasant on the nose. A little sweet but not overpowering. Flavor reminds me of a nice bourbon but not as sweet. Smooth as silk goin down with a nice finish. Great dram to sip neat with a friend, over ice as you enjoy a hobby or even with a little water as you relax and watch a show with the family. A good all around whisky. Haven't finished the bottle yet but I've already ordered another so I can keep it stocked in my bar.
Aroma: rye, herbal Taste: apples with cloves, caramel and something spicy, maple syrup Aftertaste: medium, creamy, pleasant
It's alright. Starts smooth but then ends with a harsher alcohol taste. Wouldn't buy it, but would drink it.
Amazingly smooth and tasty!
The smoothest Tennessee whiskey I’ve ever tasted. It rivals some of my favorite bourbons. Uncle Nearest just earned a permanent place on my home bar.
Even better then the 1854. For a brand new distillery these folks have their act together. Will buy repeatedly.
Very smooth, tasty, and spicy. Caramel to the nose, and vanilla pepper to the tongue. At 100 proof, sip slowly. Delicious and treasured.
Delicious. A serious American contender. Not too sweet.
Purchased as a gift. I'll let you know once its opened.
Heavy caramel and nutmeg flavors.
Very easy to drink, plenty to offer, it did not disappoint. 51% Corn, filtered through maple charcoal and then aged in new charred oak barrels. It does not smell corny but instead had a herb note with some peach on the nose. On the palate, slight sweetness of corn and fruit and immediately followed by spicy hot (reminds me of rye spice) that is surprisingly non-offending. Lingering is vanilla finish. You are taken aback as this was not typical Tennessee Whiskey I have come to known. Immediately I want to take another sip. to offer, the
Smooth with great flavors
A little disappointed but very good.
For the money stick to the less expensive
It has a nice flavor and gets the job done but the 1884 is smoother to me.
Very smooth and relaxing drink every time!
Smooth and easy drinking.
Nose is sweet with a faint mineral quality
Taste is lightly honey sweet, mild spice and a hint of citrus
This is a very nice sipping whiskey, particularly at its pricepoint.
Smooth to drink, carmel hints and great clean finish
Can't go wrong with Uncle Nearest.
My preference is definitely bourbon, but this is some fantastic Tennessee whiskey! Quite sweet, in a good way.
Maybe would take it down one star for price
Sweet with noticeable maple notes. Very oily mouthfeel and slight pecan aftertaste with very slight bitterness. This is excellent.
Very smooth. Interesting from start to finish.
Strong and potent. Reminiscent of jack daniels but way better. Harsh afterbite yet smooth at the same time.
Has a little bite to it, but overall very smooth. Nice over rocks. Great sipping drink to help mellow out at the end of a long day.
Very solid pour. Spicy up front with a rich mouthfeel, picking up some grassy astringency after the spice fades with a strong but smooth finish.
Man this stuff is as smooth as it gets going down! Great flavor and very enjoyable!
I get a strong taste of apple juice. Very smooth finish
Perfect mix is with one ice cube.
Nice smooth with lots of flavor.
Great on the rocks
The finish is incredible. The char and caramel flavors come through. Try this neat. You will not regret it. One of the best bourbons I've ever had.
Excellent offering from Uncle Nearest. Strong, but mellows quickly with a slight chill from a single ice cube. Results in an excellent nightcap that leaves you longing for the next sip.
Not ideal mixed. Doesn't have complexity of bourbons I enjoy. Strong pepper and oak
Very delicious. Nice tones of apples and caramel but isn’t overly sweet. Definitely buying again.
It’s no wonder this whiskey is making waves and winning awards. Delicious, smooth, and packing an impressive balance of flavor, boldness, and sweetness, it is an excellent whiskey. It is pure joy in a glass, probably my favorite American whiskey next to Woodford Reserve.
Overpriced. I really wanted to like this bourbon, but honestly there are many better bourbons out there more fairly priced
Great, very strong so be aware!
A smooth 100 proof whiskey bringing in tones of pepper and blends down to a caramel taste with a hint of vanilla.
Great smooth sipping Whiskey, surprising lack of burn for a 100 proof.
It is an outstanding, rich, Tennessee Whiskey that has an aromatic birth: while a rich & elegant life leads to a creamy death of medium length with notes of mint leaf, milk chocolate, caramel & corn outro.
I understand why this was the most awarded whiskey in 2019. Extremely smooth and great history.
Very smooth and balanced. My current go-to American Whiskey for sipping.
Extremely smooth for 100 proof . Great taste
Love it. Great with Proof Maple Bacon cocktail syrup!!
Masterful spirit. Smooth and down right delicious. It's easy to understand why Uncle Nearest wins awards!
Oh my goodness! It is sooooo smooth. The flavors come out well, which is good for an amateur palate like mine. Totally in love with this
One of the smoothest whiskeys I have had and I enjoyed the flavors. It is a little expensive but worth the money if the price is in line with your budget.
I really enjoyed this whisky and will absolutely buy it again. Came across this at a festival and loved it. Now I can finally buy it when I want. This one is worth the it I loved it. You will too.
I think this is a great whiskey. Definitely much better than expected. The Carmel and charred oak taste with a sweet notes of the apple at the end. I would recommend this all day long. Great story to top everything off.
Excellent palate, and smooth. Tough to beat.
Great caramel apple smell (doesn't even burn the nostrils), wonderful caramel taste with a lot of soft spice that lingers nicely after a medium length finish of the other flavors. Very smooth, doubly so considering the proof. Amazing story to boot. Great whiskey, buy a bottle, support black businesses
really really good
Uncle Nearest 1856 sparked my interest becacuse it was named after a black man. I like it because of it. I am one that likes moonshine that is pure.
Very smooth, sugar undertones
Darker and deeper than the small batch. I'd suspect it's a minimum of 7 years--very nice. I am a higher proof fan, so this is my bottle. Kick n smoke with just the right amount of sweet
Smooth. No bite. Easy drinker
Like this, more spice than the Uncle Nearest 1884. Offers a little more bite on the tongue at the finish but still superbly smooth.
As with many premium brands, the story is what sparked my interest. Named in honor of the Black man that taught Jack Daniel how to craft his spirits, this company is reclaiming whitewashed American history. The good news is that this smooth spirit is very drinkable, and well worth the attention. The finish pushes you to pour another, and another. This is one of the only bottles that I keep multiples in stock of. Great any night of the week, and even some mornings. ;)
So good.....a staple in my bar!
Hands down one of the best whiskeys I’ve ever had. Huge flavors of caramel, butter, and toffee swirl around each other in a grand ballet and the finish lingers yet goes down smooth.
Liked sweet but smoothness with slight burn
Peppery yet smooth taste. Definitely follows the flavor spiral.
Very nice....Definite Apple on palate followed by nice heat/spice that lingers at the finish and beyond. Excellent choice
Like this Bourbon very much. Smooth with caramel notes.
This stuff is amazing
Anyone who disagrees obviously doesn’t know TN whiskey
Impressive story behind this Bourbon. To have the original recipe passed on for generations is a great statement for this Bourbon. Great taste, and can be drank either neat or with a sphere or block.
This is not a drink for the newbie. If you are not a Jack fan please pass on this bottle. It has a LOT of heat and very little tasting notes. It burns with little flavor, for me. I will go back and try more since I own the bottle but I will not buy it again.
fruiti notes of flavor shine thru with subtle maple.
Just pass. I get really weird notes from this. Notes whiskey shouldn't have. Just say no.
Apple, nutmeg, hay... At 100 proof, it holds up to ice
A unique blend of nutmeg and apple.
Sweet, cherry, caramel, mineral, banana, and a charred / metallic finish. And yep walnut definitely makes sense after seeing the flavor profile. A little bit too much burn in the middle and end for me. It’s good, but not $60 good. I’d rather have a bottle of Bookers bourbon at this price point which is why I’m giving this a 7. Nothing extraordinary about this one for me, but definitely drinkable.
Truly Tennessee's Finest. Now Dearest to my heart and a permanent place on my bar. Smooth, caramel apple, with a spice finish.
I don't love it like I was hoping for. I enjoyed their 1844 and found this locally but just not a favorite or one I enjoy sipping neat. Grassy notes on the nose and a bit of charcoal. Palate wasn't anything great. I've got a bottle so going to keep giving it a chance to warm up to me.
All in all great whiskey, smooth from nose to finish,
I loved this one and loved the historical significance as well. It was pleasing to the palate from the first sip and paired well with several of my cigars.
I love this whiskey! A new favorite.
Nose: Brown sugar. Black walnut shells start coming through strongly. A touch of honey, or maybe molasses. Brandied cherries underneath.
Palate: Black walnut, heavily. Some baking spice on the back of my tongue. Some bitterness, probably from that black walnut flavor. Molasses underneath. Some of that oak (this is a 10+ year old whiskey, after all) around the sides of my mouth. The instantiation is tanniny.
Finish: The black walnut shells linger, pleasantly, at the tip of my tongue and roof of my mouth.