Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey honors the world’s first-known African American master distiller, Nearest Green. It was the first spirits brand in the world to be named after a Black American and is the fastest-growing American whiskey brand in U.S. history. The portfolio is the Most Awarded Bourbon or American Whiskey of 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. The brand launched in 2017 and swiftly rolled out to all 50 states throughout the U.S., the District of Columbia, and abroad.
Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey has garnered more than 620 awards and accolades throughout the world since the brand’s July 2017 debut, including the coveted Double Gold award at the 2020, 2021 and 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competitions. Uncle Nearest has earned 71 Best in Class honors, including Spirit Brand of the Year from Wine Enthusiast, two Chairman’s Trophies from Ultimate Spirits Challenge, Whisky of the Year from USA Spirits Ratings, the Master Medal from American Whiskey Masters, and back-to-back honors of “World’s Best” from the World Whiskies Awards.
Nearest Green, affectionately nicknamed Uncle Nearest by his friends and family in Lynchburg, Tennessee is credited with helping perfect the globally recognized Lincoln County Process, which is the defining distinction between Kentucky Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey. This unique filtering of whiskey through sugar maple charcoal was named after the county where Nearest lived and made his highly regarded Bourbon.