DeCrescente Distributing Company (DDC) is proud to announce a partnership with Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, an award-winning whiskey brand inspired by “the best whiskey maker the world never knew.” Their flagship, Uncle Nearest 1856 premium aged whiskey, is now available in 750 ML bottles at liquor retailers throughout the Capital Region.

“We took our time and found DeCrescente to be the right partner for us in the Capital Region,” said Fawn Weaver, CEO of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey. “Our brand has made its way into the hearts and homes of America and cultivated a diverse whiskey family that bucks the tradition of what a whiskey drinker looks like. More than 1,000,000 glasses of Uncle Nearest have been raised around the world by women and men of every background. And now, we are confident they will also be raising glasses in the Capital Region.”

Seemingly 160 years in the making, Uncle Nearest 1856 brings forth the story of Tennessee distilling legend Nathan “Nearest” Green, or as his family and friends called him, Uncle Nearest, and is the first spirit brand in history to honor an African-American.

This year, Uncle Nearest 1856 was one of two brands to win the reputable “World’s Best” award at the 2019 World Whiskies Awards and was awarded “Best American Whiskey” at the 2019 New Orleans Bourbon Festival. Further, Cigar & Spirits Magazine named Uncle Nearest 1856 one of the “Top 5 Whiskies in the World” last year. In less than two years, Uncle Nearest has received 39 awards, making it one of the most awarded new brands in American history.

“With the explosion in interest we’ve seen in the whiskey category,” said DDC General Manager Russ Teplitzky, “we’re proud to add a superior whiskey like Uncle Nearest 1856 to our wine and spirits portfolio.”

Uncle Nearest 1856 presents a caramel color with a deep golden hue. On the nose, baled hay, pumpkin seeds, stone fruit, caramel corn and sweet maple are present. On the palate, the whiskey shows spicy caramel notes up front, and then hints of maple as it mellows with dried fruit and floral notes. Sweetness and spice reminiscent of freshly baked oatmeal cookies remain through a long and rich finish.

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About DeCrescente Distributing Company

DeCrescente Distributing Company (DDC) is a fourth-generation beverage distributor, family-owned and operated since 1948. DDC takes great pride in its employees, customer service and community involvement. Most notably, DDC was awarded Best Places to Work in the Capital Region for nine consecutive years and employs more than 400 people. Some of the company’s brands include Polar, Snapple, Saratoga Water, MillerCoors, Boston Beer Co., New Belgium, Heineken, Corona, Yuengling, FX Matt Brewing Company, and Guinness. DDC also distributes a unique variety of local craft beers as well as wine and spirits. Some of the local favorites include Artisanal Brew Works, Adirondack Brewery, Brown’s Brewing, Druthers Brewing, Upstate Distilling, Saratoga Winery, and Saratoga Courage Distillery. For more information, please visit

About Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey

Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is inspired by the best whiskey-maker the world never knew, the first African-American master distiller on record in the United States, Nathan “Nearest” Green. The Uncle Nearest brand, wholly owned by Uncle Nearest, Inc., encompasses a premium aged and an 11-year-old single barrel product, both distilled, aged, bottled and hand-labeled in Tennessee. Uncle Nearest is an award-winning spirit, garnering 37 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 a Best of Class – Platinum and Double Gold Medal at the 2019 SIP Awards, a Chairman’s Trophy at the 2019 Ultimate Beverage Challenge, a Double Gold Medal at the 2018 China Wine & Spirits Awards, Gold Medals at the 2019 and 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and 2018 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition, as well as two Gold Medals at the 2018 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. Cigar & Spirits Magazine has also named Uncle Nearest one of the “Top 5 Whiskies in the World.” For more information please visit the Uncle Nearest website, and follow on Instagram and Facebook.