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Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Aged Whiskey

Three Tennessees - Part III of III

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

5th Sep 2019


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  • Brand: Uncle Nearest 1856
  • ABV: 50%

This is a new release, sourced I suspect from George Dickel distillery (based on the nose and palate of the whiskey, not from any actual info I'm privy to). Nathan "Nearest" Green was a former slave of Dan Call, a Lutheran preacher from Louse Creek, Tennessee. As it so happened, Call was the guardian of a young runaway by the name of Jack Daniel. Green worked as a distiller for Call, and so taught Daniel, who - at the age of fourteen - took over the business. This whiskey brand is meant to honour him, a forgotten figure in the history of whisky-making (given the past and current racist attitudes of the state, it is no surprise that Green is never discussed). Check out Fawn Weaver's research and writing about this unfairly shunted, major figure in the history of American whiskey.

Curiously, the promotional material makes no mention of Jack Daniel nor his whiskey, which is a clue that the liquid is not originating there. Nor is it made by the Nearest Green Distillery, as it does not open until 2020. Those are some of the reasons I suspect this comes from Dickel.

The colour is a dark amber. The nose is very subtle with maple, vanilla fudge, roasted corn, chili pepper and melted butter. The more time this sits in the glass, the more corn-forward it becomes. More spices show up - both peppery and briny, with some nutmeg to boot. Again we have a sour-beer note in the background. Water adds woodsmoke and more salinity. Subtle and complex.

On the palate we have more corn oils (and yes it is quite oily) with liquorice, vanilla, baked apples and your typical thick caramel. With time that sourness comes back, rounding things out and adding dimension. With water - pop! Everything cranks up to 11 and adds the brine - fantastic. Really good stuff.

The long finish is mouth-drying and grassy with growing spices (pepper and cinnamon), malt and delicate oak. This is excellent whiskey, if you like this style you will love this. Doesn't quite hit the complexities of Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Barrel Proof (but obviously tilts toward George Dickel Barrel Select) but this is lovely stuff.


OdysseusUnbound commented

Excellent review! Mark Gillespie did an excellent “WhiskyCast In-Depth” with Fawn Weaver recently. It was one of the more interesting interviews he’s done. Where did you get this whiskey?

11 months ago 0

talexander commented

@OdysseusUnbound I got the bottle in Orlando whilst on vacation. I'd get another, I'll look for it while I'm in Vegas over the Christmas holidays.

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casualtorture commented

Current racist attitude? You obviously haven't been here in the last 50 years. Nashville is one of the best cities I've lived in and certainly doesn't have a racist attitude...

10 months ago 0

OdysseusUnbound commented

@casualtorture I'm not @talexander but I doubt he meant ALL Tennesseans are racist. But let's not kid ourselves; racism is alive and well in 2019. And not just in the United States. Some Canadians may feel a little schadenfreude by clucking their tongues at our southern neighbours, but as a Métis (and someone with more than a few indigenous friends) I can tell you that Canada still has a racism problem.

10 months ago 2Who liked this?

casualtorture commented

As someone who lives here I assure you Tennessee is no worse than any other part of the US and much better off than most other countries I have visited in the Eastern hemisphere. And if anyone wants to come spend a weekend in Nashville I'll gladly host to correct peoples misguided views. I don't speak to Canana because I don't live there. But I do live here and the media loves perpetuating stigmas about things that happened generations ago that are not relevant today.

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casualtorture commented

@paddockjudge I would love to host everyone for a tasting! That would be an event!

10 months ago 1Who liked this?

Nozinan commented

@paddockjudge We just had a Connosr Tennessee tasting in Toronto - Do you not remember the 6 JDs and this one? And the video for @Markjedi1?

But it would be nice to do a bourbon tasting in the heart of Tennessee whisky country.

10 months ago 2Who liked this?

paddockjudge commented

@Nozinan, I remember the seven Tennessee Whiskies and the video salute to @markjedi1, but wouldn't it be great to exclaim you went to Chattanooga to chew chew on some whiskey?!

10 months ago 1Who liked this?

Nozinan commented

Just looking back on this review after seeing an instagram posting about this whisky with some misleading information.

Thinking about the discussion that ensued, above, in the context of more recent events....

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