Uncle Nearest 1884 Premium Small Batch Whiskey
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Uncle Nearest 1884 Premium Small Batch Whiskey

(0.75l, 46.5%)


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$46.99
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A brand new Tennessee Whiskey made by the family of the man who invented it… and it’s quite the story indeed.

Uncle Nearest is a fairly new brand launched in 2017, but it has one of the best stories attached to it. And this is not a "marketing spin story" like so many boutique brand-come-lately Spirits. It’s a story deeply researched and confirmed by historian Fawn Weaver. Nathan "Nearest" Green — called Uncle Nearest — has a truly great American story. Born as a slave, he went on to become the first African-American Whiskey-maker of record. He is also the man who applied charcoal filtration to Tennessee Whiskey for the first time. And he is also the man who taught a young Jacob Daniel how to do it… you probably know him by the name Jack Daniels.

Each release of Uncle Nearest 1884 Premium Small Batch Whiskey is a blend that’s curated and approved by a descendent of Uncle Nearest himself. This year’s release is just coming out and is a seven-year-old batch of pure Tennessee Whiskey bottled at a perfect 46.5% ABV — although we do not know which distillery it came from. But I’ve got to tell you, it’s worth raising a glass to the man that started the whole thing.
  • Category
  • Style
    American Whiskey
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    46.5%
  • Distillery
    Undisclosed
  • Age
    7 Year Old

Flavor Spiral™

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butter
honey
vanilla
botanicals
woody
apple juice
pineapple
toasted wood
dry
What does Uncle Nearest 1884 Premium Small Batch Whiskey taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Uncle Nearest 1884 Premium Small Batch Whiskey and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

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Rye Whiskey is made from mash that is at least 51 per cent rye. The grain gives rye Whiskey its spicy, sometimes peppery, and bitter flavor. Rye was a big seller before Prohibition. After decades in obscurity, it’s fashionable again. George Washington distilled rye Whiskey at Mount Vernon.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Light Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aromas are ripe with toasted wood and honey.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
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
The finish is crisp and lightly dry.
Ratings & Reviews
Barry
Barry,
Pretty smooth. A little on the sweet side. Won't buy again. If offered in a bar or party definitely wouldn't turn down.
 
Robb
Robb,
Excellent. On the lighter side. Great especially at this price.
 
Jennifer
Jennifer,
Excellent, goes down smooth, maybe too smooth. Easy to drink, great whiskey for yourself or to share with others.
 
Chris
Chris,
Lovely
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Only a slightly sweet aroma and taste. Very smooth and one I’ll definitely buy again. It’s not my “go-to” but, I’ll reach past others for this one.
 
Will
Will,
I liked it. Pretty smooth.
 
Lori
Lori,
Very smooth. Nice to have a glass alone or with 7up or a coke!
 
Ted
Ted,
Delicious! Loved it! New favorite!
 
Jon
Jon,
Not too young for a bourbon so smoothness is expected. Well executed, tannins on point, char expressing through caramelized oak flavor. I love it.
 
Jacob
Jacob,
Didn’t quite live up to expectations. A little spicier than anticipated, but still good.
 
Fredrick
Fredrick,
Great taste and smooth
 
Brian
Brian,
Well done. Pretty much right on with the flavor profile. Smooth, with notes of vanilla, butter and citrus. Just a little burn on the end. Good stuff!
 
Jack
Jack,
Nice caramel or butterscotch flavors with some cinnamon spiciness. The sweetness us nor overdone. Compares well with other whiskeys and bourbons.
 
Scott
Scott,
Classic Tennessee whiskey taste, like Jack Daniels. I’m a fan!
 
Mitch
Mitch,
I enjoyed reading about the history. Very smooth. Works great in an Old Fashion. The bitters, cherry and orange with the butter, honey and vanilla flavors of the whiskey blend well.
 
Allegra
Allegra,
the best American whiskey I've tried. I was curious due to the history, and while it's quite a bit sweeter than my taste it is very nice. I've found it makes by far the best Manhattans ever!
 
Chris
Chris,
Very nice.
 
Ben
Ben,
Very smooth, maybe a little too much for my taste.
 
SCOTT
SCOTT,
Really enjoyed the taste. It was a pleasure to the last drop!
 
Warren
Warren,
Very nice
 
Newell
Newell,
Excellent! Very smooth with smoky oak, not peat and caramel. Highly aromatic though I am not able to name the flavors. I tried it on ice first, then neat, and went back to on the rocks as my favorite. A few more tastings and that's where I'll be. This is smooth but definitely strong alcohol. Only 80 proof?!
 
Michael
Michael,
I haven't tasted it yet, I got it for the historical meaning...I don't drink much, I buy and save unique things like this to show others...But as far as buying Uncle Nearest 1884 I would suggest it to anybody who likes a really well crafted whiskey...
 
Sam
Sam,
Love the history of the whisky. The flavors were there. Very smooth for a young whisky. Definitely something I will consider buying again.
 
Alan
Alan,
This is my new go-to bourbon. It was smooth, yet robust, neat. It was like drinking a well-blended mix of rye and bourbon, my two favorite whiskies.
 
Michael
Michael,
I think it is excellent for the price. I found it to be quite smooth. I did tend to add an ice cube (small one) due to the temperature outside. I’m not a fancy taster, so “it was really good.”
 
Ben
Ben,
Very smooth, a little light for my personal taste.
 
Alan
Alan,
Wonderful to sip neat. Somewhere between the spiciness of rye and the sweetness of bourbon. It goes down smooth with a slow, mellow burn that doesn't bite.
 
Sergio
Sergio,
Very much like a Jack Daniel's. You can see how this recipe inspired Jack Daniels.
 
Carmund
Carmund,
Buttery, smooth, delicious. I have to take my time with this or it will be gone way too soon.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is an outstanding, elegant, Tennessee Whiskey that has an aromatic birth; while an elegant life leads to a crisp & dry death of medium length with hints of apple juice, pineapple, cherry & toasted wood.
 
Kelvin
Kelvin,
Bought this bottle for my older brother. he is a Jack Daniels fanatic I think he now he is an uncle nearest Fan
 
guest
guest,
Very nice, smooth and I get a little cherry in the flavor. I really love the history behind the brand.
 
Staci
Staci,
Loved it❤️❤️❤️!!Smooth balanced and enjoyable.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
I find it nicely abrasive on the front end but incredibly smooth in mouth feel and on the back end
 
Emily
Emily,
It's distinct. Not a lot of caramel like others. Cherry in the flavor. Sweet but not syrupy. Very nice.
 
Steven
Steven,
Disappointing
 
Philip
Philip,
Great taste, good finish. Very smooth.
 
John
John,
I just found my new favorite
 
Brian
Brian,
Great taste and finish
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Nice, smooth. Good flavor
 
Darrien
Darrien,
I love it taste great
 
Brendan
Brendan,
Such a good whiskey with an awesome story behind it. Delicious and very reasonably priced. I’ve been told it’s smokier than the 1856 but still very enjoyable.
 
Philip
Philip,
Smooth taste, Great neat or with A big ice cube and Cigar
 
Charlie
Charlie,
Great depth with a smoothness to the backside. Never tried before, one of my favorites now.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Ever since I read that Frank Sinatra was a Jack Daniels guy I have always tried hard to make it my favorite. I drank a lot of it. The story of Uncle Nearest really had a big impact on me. I ordered it immediately. I didn’t expect much, just wanted the bottle on my shelf to share the story. This whiskey really surprised me. It had a familiar Tennessee taste but it’s something different. I loved how buttery and vanilla it was. I absolutely love it. I’ll be watching out for the Premium and others from Uncle Nearest. I am very impressed!!
 
David
David,
I'm not a fan of Dickell because of the stale fruit-loops aftertaste, but this is different. It's the same company, and that fruity taste is there, but in some way, in Uncle Nearest, they have left the afteburn clean... it's not for everyone, and it's definitely a "Tennessee-style" bourbon (hardly right to call it bourbon, I think, but it's a good change and has an interesting palate.
 
Jimmie
Jimmie,
Loved it! Very smooth and great flavor profile.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
I’m a bit confused by all the positive reviews. I bought this and was so excited to try it as I had heard such great things. Bought with a number of other items and some friends and I decided to do a blind taste test. This came in dead last for all of us! Tastes very young with high corn content. I’m a Buffalo Trace flavor profile kinda guy and this missed the mark...BADLY! Haven’t been this disappointed by a new bottle in a LONG time. Ok with mixers but that’s about it.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
A very enjoyable and smooth whiskey.
 
Trevin
Trevin,
Great whiskey from the creator of Kentucky whiskey!
 
Josh
Josh,
Very delicious, smooth whiskey. It lacks complexity in my opinion, but the taste is very good and drinks very well neat or over ice. I think i was just expecting to taste more notes or flavors at the beginning, middle, or end of the sip
 
Timothy
Timothy,
So a friend recommended this whiskey, love the story of how it came to be! The color of the whiskey is beautiful light amber, the nose is light and beautiful, easy whisky smoothness, sweet oaky finish. Sometimes we (my wife and I) pick up notes of peanuts. So weird! Oh the bottle is awesome too!
 
Brent
Brent,
Very easy drinking, interesting flavors drawn from the 7 years or so. A good proof, I'll make it my staple TN whiskey for sure.
 
Glenn
Glenn,
I should not review for fear you guys will buy it all out before my reorder. I do love this whiskey. Great for summer months since it is a little sweet on the lips and smooth. Has a pear tone, light oak but not smokey.
 
Elizabeth
Elizabeth,
Very light oak scent from the bottle. I used a large ice cube with it. Fruity in front, has a bite in the end but very smooth. It wasn't as sweet to me as I expected given the prior reviews but it's what I imagined a whiskey would be like. Definitely a keeper in my home bar.
 
Pierce
Pierce,
This was surprising with a nearly over-pearing nose and pear being the dominant center of the flavor spiral. It is a tad sweet on the front but it is eminently drinkable, smooth and complex. Great finish too.
 
Alex
Alex,
An excellent choice and a fine Tennessee whisky! The easy to enjoy & not to harsh profile makes it a great choice for any drinker. The butter & honey are smooth from nose to finish.
 
Debra
Debra,
One of the best bottles I have ever purchased!!
 
Andrew
Andrew,
... just opened to find a treasure, 1856 was high on the sweets, this batch is starkly different. Warm notes, smooth throughout, little sweetness on finish. Overall one of my favorites. Could become a staple in my bar
 
Jared
Jared,
love it for the price
 
Alan
Alan,
Buy this whiskey. It is very smooth and a great sipper. I prefer is neat. One of my favorites. On top of that, Uncle Nearest is sending masks to frontline workers at no cost. Great whiskey and even greater company. Thank you Uncle Nearest!
 
Ron
Ron,
Loved it
 
Keith
Keith,
Smooth and tasty! One of my top 10.
 
Robert
Robert,
Apple juice with a dry finish. Approachable without a deep burn.
 
Robert
Robert,
Buttery and woody, it's good but not a necessity
 
Darren
Darren,
Quite tasty
 
Duane
Duane,
Truly a great Tennessee whisky. I prefer the 1856 more due to its greater complexity.
 
Wendel
Wendel,
Smooth and sweet. Can drink over a cube of ice or with a splash of ginger ale! It’s a staple on my home bar and the story behind the brand is a great conversation starter.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
A little sweeter than I normally go for but I love the history and story of the company. Makes for a great night cap.
 
Mark
Mark,
Very nice flavor. A little harsh, but smooths out with the second glass. All in all, a good whiskey with great flavor.
 
Ara
Ara,
Outstanding whisky!! Extremely smooth with a long finish. Tennessee Whisky at its best!
 
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