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Uncle Nearest is stepping into the rye recreation in a giant means this fall. Quickly, the Tennessee distillery might be providing a whopping three new rye whiskey expressions. However earlier than that occurs, Uncle Nearest has given its most devoted followers a cask energy, non-chill filtered sneak peek at what’s to come back with this bottle. I’ll let the distillery’s founder, Fawn Weaver, fill you in:
In the present day, we proceed celebrating the legacy of Nearest Inexperienced, the Godfather of Tennessee Whiskey, with the latest addition to our Grasp Mix Version Portfolio: Uncle Nearest Uncut/Unfiltered Straight Rye Whiskey, our first Rye expression. As with our inaugural Grasp Mix Version, this Uncut/Unfiltered Straight Rye Whiskey represents the favourite barrels of Victoria Eady Butler, our Grasp Blender, fifth technology Nearest Inexperienced descendant and four-time Grasp Blender of the Yr recipient.
Born within the North – in Canada in keeping with the precise American specs required to be a Straight Rye Whiskey — and raised in New York for at least 4 years earlier than transferring right down to Tennessee, this Rye is crafted and blended by Victoria. As she places it, “My great-great-grandfather was recognized for his whiskey filtration technique. However this 100% rye is so spectacular, we dared not reduce or filter it.”
So, to recap, that is 100% rye sourced from an unspecified Canadian distiller, aged at the least 4 years (in New York), and reportedly “rested” for an unspecified period of time in used Uncle Nearest barrels. Whereas a number of rye expressions will see broad distribution quickly, Uncut/Unfiltered has been solely obtainable solely on the distillery in Shelbyville since its launch in mid-September. Let’s see if it’s price a drive.
That is daring and burly stuff, not your candy or fruity Kentucky or Maryland type ryes, however an earthy, grain-driven whiskey. The aroma is aggressive with dusty granary notes: haybales, rye grass, and grist. A little bit of dried orange peel and a few sandalwood, even an surprising caramel corn be aware, provide recommendations of sweetness, however issues keep dry, even because it opens up. The palate provides a bit extra complexity and sweetness whereas remaining uniquely savory and muscular with a dominant rye spice. Issues kick off with a chili pepper warmth that rapidly turns to black pepper and a hugging heat. It’s oily and grows thicker throughout the palate with notes of chewy caramel, orange gummies, and peanut butter. A cupboard stuffed with floor spices cleared the path with cinnamon and clove foremost amongst them. The spicy end lingers with a caramel-kissed heat, roasted nuts, and a little bit of citrus.
Whereas the proof is just not precisely scorching, I extremely advocate including water. A wholesome splash softens the aroma significantly and elevates hotter, sweeter notes of rye bread and molasses cookies. The palate is considerably remodeled with a maple sweetness that amplifies the baking spice and brings out pretty notes of milk chocolate and tobacco. Followers of massive, daring rye whiskeys ought to think about planning a visit to Tennessee. Simply don’t neglect to hydrate. You and the whiskey.
A- / $150 / unclenearest.com