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UNCLE NEAREST PREMIUM TENNESSEE WHISKEY & ITS HISTORICAL PAST AND HOPEFUL FUTURE


By Angel Men Chan

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Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey proudly honors the legacy of Nearest Green, the world’s first-known African American master distiller, whose unparalleled expertise laid the foundation for the brand's meteoric rise. As the fastest growing American whiskey in US history, Uncle Nearest has solidified its reputation as the Most Awarded American Whiskey or Bourbon of 2019, 2020, and 2021, a testament to its exceptional quality and rich heritage.



Since its inception in 2017, Uncle Nearest's portfolio of four ultra-premium whiskeys has amassed over 450 awards and accolades, including an impressive 54 Best in Class honors. Notable achievements include being named Spirit Brand of the Year by Wine Enthusiast, receiving two Chairman’s Trophies from Ultimate Spirits Challenge, securing consecutive Master Blender of the Year awards from Whisky Magazine, and earning prestigious recognitions such as Whisky of the Year from USA Spirits Ratings and back-to-back "World’s Best" titles at the 2019 and 2020 World Whiskies Awards.


Currently available in all 50 states and 12 countries, Uncle Nearest's distribution network spans more than 25,000 outlets, encompassing stores, bars, hotels, and restaurants worldwide. Additionally, enthusiasts can experience the brand firsthand at its sprawling 432-acre distillery in Shelbyville, Tenn., affectionately dubbed as “Malt Disney World” for its immersive and captivating whiskey-making experience.


In addition to producing exceptional whiskey, Uncle Nearest is also dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in the spirits industry. Through initiatives such as the Nearest Green Foundation, the brand works to support minority entrepreneurs in the whiskey world, providing opportunities for underrepresented voices to thrive in a historically homogenous industry.


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