This February, we celebrate Black History Month by educating each other on the achievements of African-Americans and recognizing their essential role in U.S. history.

Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is inspired by the best whiskey-maker the world never knew, the first known African-American master distiller, Nathan “Nearest” Green.

Who was Uncle Nearest?

Nathan “Nearest” Green is the first known African American master distiller in the United States and was a slave who taught the famous Jack Daniel how to make whiskey.

Over 160 years ago, in Lynchburg Tennessee, a wealthy landowner by the name of Dan Call owned a farm that was home to a small distillery. The distillery created a smooth, maple-sweet whiskey that was highly recommended. Nathan Green, AKA Uncle Nearest, was a black slave who distilled the whiskey by using a special technique called charcoal filtering; a method of filtering whiskey through sugar maple tree charcoal, still being used today.

At the same time, Jack Daniel began working for Dan Call. When Daniel expressed interest in the whiskey business, he was then introduced to Nathan Green.

Nathan Green began teaching Jack Daniel everything he knew and shortly after Green was freed after the war, he became Daniel’s master distiller.

About Uncle Nearest Whiskey

“The 1856 Premium Aged Whiskey has a caramel color with a beautiful deep golden hue. Baled hay and pumpkin seeds on the nose with subtle notes of ripe stone fruit and caramel corn. Bold and spicy upfront then mellows with sweet caramel and maple, like biting into an oatmeal raisin cookie.” –Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey

Why drink Uncle Nearest

The Uncle Nearest brand, owned by Uncle Nearest, Inc., is an all minority-led business. Furthermore, “Uncle Nearest is the most awarded new American premium whiskey brand in United States history, garnering 75 awards since its July 2017 debut, including being one of two brands named “World’s Best” at Whisky Magazine’s 2019 World Whiskies Awards, and earning 15 Best in Class. Cigar & Spirits Magazine also named Uncle Nearest one of the Top 5 Whiskies in the World.”

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