Uncle Nearest, as it continues to expand its operations as an American whiskey producer, recently unveiled its first ever rye whiskey.
The new Uncle Nearest Rye, according to those behind it, is made up of rye sourced from Canada (“according to the exact American specifications required to be a Straight Rye Whiskey,” noted the distillery) and matured in New York. After having been aged for four years, the Uncle Nearest team brought it back to Tennessee to rest and finish in its barrels before being bottled.
Part of the distillery’s “Master Blend Edition Portfolio,” it heralds from the favorite barrels of Victoria Eady Butler, Uncle Nearest’s Master Blender, fifth generation Nearest Green descendant and four-time Master Blender of the Year recipient.
“My great-great-grandfather was known for his whiskey filtration method,” said Butler in a prepared statement. “But this 100% rye is so spectacular, we dared not cut or filter it.”
Uncle Nearest Uncut/Unfiltered Straight Rye Whiskey is currently a distillery exclusive, pricing around $149 at the Nearest Green Distillery in Shelbyville, TN. For those unable to make it to Shelbyville, there will be more rye to come from Uncle Nearest in the coming months, including Straight Rye and Single Barrel Rye.
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