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Friday, November 11, 2022

Nearest Green Distillery Announces Three New Permanent Expressions

Nearest Green Distillery, makers of the Uncle Nearest brand has announced three new permanent expressions. Those are: Uncle Nearest Straight Rye Whiskey, Uncle Nearest Single Barrel Black Label, and Uncle Nearest Single Barrel Rye. 

Master Blender Victoria Eady Butler says of the rye:
It took us a while to release our 100-proof straight rye whiskey. If we were going to add rye to our lineup, it had to be worthy of all the accolades and awards our other whiskeys receive. My great-great-grandfather's legacy of excellence requires us to take our time to do things differently. I'm confident he would have been so proud of this straight rye whiskey.

Uncle Nearest Straight Rye - 100 proof (50% alcohol) - This whiskey originates in Canada – according to the exact American specifications required to be a straight rye whiskey – and is then aged in New York for a minimum of four years before moving down to Tennessee, where it is then rested in used Uncle Nearest barrels for additional maturation. The liquid is then tasted, barrel by barrel, and blended by Victoria. MSRP is $59. 

Tasting notes: bold, decadent nose; a palate brimming with light vanilla cream, caramelized sugar, and the unmistakable spice of rye; complimented by a long, rich finish.

Uncle Nearest Single Barrel Black Label - Arriving on Black Friday, November 25 for an MSRP of $79. 

Uncle Nearest Single Barrel Rye - Arriving December 15th for an MSRP of $89. 

My Take

In the press release, all three new expressions were mentioned, however, only the Straight Rye was detailed. We can assume the Single Barrel Black Label is similar to the Uncle Nearest 1856 bourbon and the Single Barrel Rye is similar to what is described above. 

Regardless, very cool about the new permanent releases. Uncle Nearest is on my short list to review so definitely looking forward to that in the future provided these make it to Ohio. I would expect the straight rye would be here since other Uncle Nearest varieties are already sold in Ohio. My only disappointment of this release is that the whiskey is sourced from Canada and aged in New York. I would have preferred for it to be made and aged fully in Tennessee where there is more variation of climate. 

What do you think? Drop a note in the comment box below. 

Source: Nearest Green Distillery

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