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Uncle Nearest

Uncle Nearest
Single Barrel No. 002 Rye Whiskey

Category: Rye Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 59%
Invests in BIPOC and female owned spirit brands
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$89

Uncle Nearest
Single Barrel No. 002 Rye Whiskey

Category: Rye Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 59%
Dark gold color. Aromas and flavors of brown butter and lemongrass, baking spices and lime jell-o, vanilla and maple sap, and hot chili honey with a glycerous, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a hot, elegant, very long finish with accents of cedar and all spice, thai chili in honey, maple syrup, and plum and vanilla nougat. Hot honey here with sweetness and spicy character all in balance and holding the ABV very well; not for the faint of heart but stellarly executed.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy & Spirity
Aroma Aroma: brown butter and lemongrass, baking spices and lime jell-o, vanilla and maple sap, and hot chili honey
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of cedar and all spice, thai chili in honey, maple syrup, and plum and vanilla nougat
Smoothness Smoothness: Hot
Finish Finish: Very Long
Enjoy Enjoy: on the rocks, with cigars and with drops of water
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Hot honey here with sweetness and spicy character all in balance and holding the ABV very well; not for the faint of heart but stellarly executed.

The Producer

Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey

The Producer
3125 HWY 231
Shelbyville, TN 37160
USA

Their Portfolio

94 Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Tennessee Whiskey 50% (USA) $59.00.
95 Uncle Nearest 1884 Premium Small Batch Tennessee Whiskey 46.5% (USA) $49.00.
97 Uncle Nearest Master Blend Edition Premium Whiskey Blend No. 002 57.5% (USA) $149.00.
95 Uncle Nearest 11 Year 1820 Premium Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey Barrel No. US-53 55.1% (USA) $120.00.
95 Uncle Nearest 11 Year 1820 Premium Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey Barrel No. US-53 55.1% (USA) $120.00.
94 Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Aged Tennessee Whiskey 50% (USA) $59.00.
88 Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Tennessee Whiskey 46.5% (USA) $49.00.
96 Uncle Nearest Master Blend Edition Premium Tennessee Whiskey 55.5% (USA) $149.00.
89 Uncle Nearest 1856 Tennessee Whiskey 50% (USA) $59.00.
89 Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Tennessee Whiskey 46.5% (USA) $49.00.
94 Uncle Nearest Master Whiskey Blend Edition Tennessee Whiskey Blend No. 017 60.5% (USA) $149.00.
93 Uncle Nearest Straight Rye Whiskey 50% (USA) $39.00.
87 Uncle Nearest Straight Rye Whiskey 50% (USA) $39.00.
93 Uncle Nearest Uncut & Unfiltered Straight Rye Whiskey Blend No. 001 59.8% (USA) $149.00.
87 Uncle Nearest Uncut & Unfiltered Straight Rye Whiskey Blend No. 001 59.8% (USA) $149.00.
94 Uncle Nearest Single Barrel No. 002 Rye Whiskey 59% (USA) $89.00.
92 Uncle Nearest Single Barrel No. 002 Rye Whiskey 59% (USA) $89.00.
93 Uncle Nearest Single Barrel No. 061 Tennessee Whiskey 60.5% (USA) $79.00.
89 Uncle Nearest Single Barrel No. 061 Tennessee Whiskey 60.5% (USA) $79.00.
89 Uncle Nearest 1856 Tennessee Whiskey 50% (USA) $59.00.
89 Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Tennesee Whiskey 46.5% (USA) $49.00.
94 Uncle Nearest Master Whiskey Blend Edition Tennessee Whiskey Blend No. 017 60.5% (USA) $149.00.
93 Uncle Nearest Uncut & Unfiltered Straight Rye Whiskey Blend No. 001 59.8% (Canada) $149.00.
93 Uncle Nearest Straight Rye Whiskey 50% (Canada) $59.00.
94 Uncle Nearest Single Barrel No. 002 Rye Whiskey 59% (Canada) $89.00.
93 Uncle Nearest Single Barrel No. 061 Tennessee Whiskey 60.5% (USA) $79.00.

Rye Whiskey

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Serve in a Glencairn Ganadian Whisky Glass
Rye Whisky must contain a minimum of 51% rye grain, be distilled at less than 80% ABV (160 proof) and be aged for a minimum of two years in new charred barrels. A small amount of straight Rye whiskey is bottled and marketed, but most of the industry production is blended into other whiskies to give them additional character and structure. Canadians frequently refer to their whisky as "Rye," though it is in fact made primarily from corn or wheat.

The Taste: While the best Bourbon is known for a creamy, caramel-like palate, the best Rye whiskey makes its presence known with a spicy, grainy, hard-edged firmness that is distinctive and unique. Usually very dry, with notes of walnut, toasted grain, and black pepper, straight rye has a bold assertive character that has earned it a small but dedicated following among discerning whiskey fans.

The Scotch-Irish immigrant distillers had some exposure to using rye in whiskey production, but for their German immigrant neighbors rye had been the primary grain used in the production of Schnapps and Vodka back in northern Europe. They continued this distilling practice, particularly in Pennsylvania and Maryland, where Rye whiskey, with its distinctive hard-edged, grainy palate, remained the dominant whiskey type well into the 20th century.

Rye whiskey was even more adversely effected by National Prohibition than Bourbon. A generation of consumers weaned on light-bodied and relatively delicate white spirits turned away from the uncompromising, pungent, full-bodied straight Rye whiskies. Production of Rye whiskies had vanished altogether from its Mid-Atlantic homeland by the 1980s. A handful of modern Rye whiskies are currently being made by Bourbon distilleries in Kentucky and Indiana. America’s first indigenous whiskey style is today only barely surviving in the marketplace. Its primary use is for blending to give other whiskies more character and backbone, although a small but vocal group of Rye whisky enthusiasts continue to champion it.