Type: American Whiskey

Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey honors the world’s first-known African American master distiller, Nearest Green.

The brand is the fastest growing American whiskey in US history, and the portfolio is the Most Awarded American Whiskey or Bourbon of 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Our four ultra-premium whiskeys have garnered over 450 awards and accolades since the brand’s 2017 launch, with 54 Best in Class honors, including: Spirit Brand of the Year from Wine Enthusiast, two Chairman’s Trophies from Ultimate Spirits Challenge, back-to-back Master Blender of the Year awards from Whisky Magazine, Whisky of the Year from USA Spirits Ratings, and back-to-back honors of “World’s Best” at the 2019 and 2020 World Whiskies Awards.

Uncle Nearest is currently available in all 50 states and 12 countries, and is sold in more than 25,000 stores, bars, hotels, restaurants, as well as at its 323-acre distillery in Shelbyville, Tenn., dubbed as “Malt Disney World.”




Blended American Whisky - 50% ABV

Our inaugural whiskey, Uncle Nearest 1856 is an award-winning blend, bottled at 100 proof.

It is astonishingly smooth, and can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in your favorite whiskey or bourbon cocktail.

This legacy era bottling contains whiskey from our own barrels, and we couldn’t be more proud to share it with you.

Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is the fastest-growing American whiskey brand in U.S. history.

In 2017, Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Aged Whiskey launched in the United States.Honoring the first known African American master distiller, Nearest Green, this premium whiskey swiftly rolled out throughout the U.S. and abroad.


Small Batch American Whiskey - 46.5% ABV

Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Whiskey is a 93-proof whiskey distilled, aged and bottled entirely by Uncle Nearest.

Each batch is curated by 5th generation Nearest Green descendant and our Master Blender, Victoria Eady Butler, who was named Master Blender of the Year by Whisky Magazine for two consecutive years in 2021 and 2022 as well as receiving the same honor from The Spirits Business and Vinepair in 2021.

Nose: Honey and warm brown sugar, cedar, orange peel and tobacco flower. Spices of ground ginger and white pepper.

Palate: Caramel balanced with spicy wood tannins. Notes of baking chocolate, cigar leaf, nougat and cinnamon.

Finish: Long and smooth. The cinnamon lingers with dark chocolate, oak tannins and maple syrup.

Straight Rye

100% Straight Rye American Whisky

This was a lofty experiment that worked.

The results of this 100-percent rye mash bill, matured in used Uncle Nearest barrels before being bottled at 100-proof, keeps with our tradition of creating some of the most awarded whiskeys in the world.

This is rye whiskey, elevated, hitting every mark with its rich flavor profile, incredible balance of spices, and extraordinarily smooth finish.

Nose: Bold and decadent with notes of praline, nutmeg and white pepper.

Palate: Brimming with light vanilla cream, caramelized sugar and the unmistakable spice of rye.

Finish: Long, rich and well-balanced.

Single Barrel Rye

Bottled at cask strength, this Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey is what other ryes work hard to grow up to be.

Tennessee does a lot of things well; growing rye is not one of them. So, we sought out the best from other states.

Each of our inaugural barrels hails from New York, where they aged in new American oak for a minimum of four years after a short stint in B.C., where they were born.

These barrels began as a lofty experiment in 2017.

Was it possible to create an ultra-smooth whiskey, with flavor galore, made from 100% rye? That was the question.

The answer took a while but was well worth the wait: hell yeah.

Uncut/Unfiltered Rye Whiskey

Uncut. Unfiltered. Unbelievable. This is straight rye whiskey done right.

In the words of Uncle Nearest 4x Master Blender of the Year, Victoria Eady Butler, “My great-great-grandfather was known for his whiskey filtration method. But this 100% rye is so spectacular, we dared not cut or filter it.”

The funny thing about Tennessee, is for all our stunning farms and incredible farmers, we can’t grow rye worth a damn.

A grain so easily grown in other states, gets chocked up in our soil.

So, we went out to find the best straight rye and brought it back home to rest in used Uncle Nearest barrels. WHERE DID WE FINALLY FIND IT? NEW YORK, BABY!

Born in the north, then raised for at least four years in the big city, before moving to God’s Country for some well-deserved rest.

You get the best of both worlds… the classic rye spice and character, paired with the incredible Uncle Nearest smoothness that has made our whiskey the most-awarded of 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.