Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Tennessee Whiskey (700ml)
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Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Tennessee Whiskey (700ml)

$140. 00
$1680.00 Dozen
ABV: 46.5%

The most recent bottlings from Uncle Nearest come with refreshed labels, but more importantly, their whiskey is now 100% distilled, aged, and bottled by Nearest Green Distillery instead of being a sourced product. Spirit began ageing in 2017, which at the time of writing makes this at least 4-5 years old. Each batch is curated by fifth generation Nearest Green descendant and 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 honour from The Spirits Business and Vinepair in 2021. Light on aromatics and feather weight on entry, 1884 slowly crescendoes on the palate in a pleasing wave of dried corn, oak shavings, white pepper and subtle dried peach and banana flavours. Although it doesn't taste overtly young - rather softly spoken and elegant - by the finish it is perhaps a little too woody. Late spices add depth. 46.5% Alc./Vol.

Other reviews... A nose of blossom honey, fresh cherries, banana cream pie, licorice, and spice is followed by a palate that’s delicate and creamy, with notes of vanilla frosting, orange, peanuts, marshmallow, and light pepper spice. Tobacco leaf on the finish, with cherry, oak, and understated spice. A sturdy, finessed exemplar of Tennessee style. 88 points - whiskyadvocate.com

...The nose immediately falls in the classic bourbon aroma territory with a soft-medium intensity. It’s more than sufficient and while it doesn't have any surprises, it performs well enough. The palate lacks much depth or body, but the flavors are complementary with its amaretto note and medium-thick mouthfeel being its highlights. Finally, the short and simple finish is the whiskey’s biggest letdown. Overall, the whiskey is straightforward and fairly simple. It’s easy drinking, inoffensive, and completely lacks any youthful notes. While this current state of Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Whiskey is adequate, some additional time in the barrel may get it to where it needs to be. - breakingbourbon.com

...Perhaps noticeable for its significant lack of corn oils. Delicate and leans towards a hickory persona. A covertly complex and delightful Tennessee. 90.5 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2023