Classification: Straight Rye
Company: Nearest Green Distillery
Distillery: Sourced from an undisclosed British Columbia, Canada distillery(ies)
Release Date: November 2022 (Ongoing)
Age: 4 Years
Mashbill: 100% Rye
Color: Yellow Gold
MSRP: $90 (2023)
Cereal grain | Vanilla powder | Nutmeg | Light maple candy | Fresh hay | Crisp apples | Light
Rye grain | Light rye spice | Summer fruits | Vanilla | Bland oak | Hint of mixed berries
Rye spice | Vanilla cream | Oak | Leather | Light lingering heat
A sourced Canadian rye leads to a straightforward and to-the-point sip for Uncle Nearest Rye Single Barrel.
As was the case for Uncle Nearest Straight Rye and Uncut/Unfiltered Straight Rye, Uncle Nearest went the sourced route for their Single Barrel Rye release. Stating that rye grain is hard to grow in Tennessee, the company instead sourced distilled rye from Canada, which was then moved to New York to age for 4 years, before moving to Tennessee to age for an undisclosed amount of time. Like Uncut/Unfiltered Straight Rye, their Single Barrel Rye is only sold at the distillery. Unlike Uncut/Unfiltered Straight Rye, however, this whiskey is a single barrel and it comes from barrel number 001.
The single barrel version of Uncle Nearest Rye is similar to its non-single barrel counterparts. It opens with a pleasing nose full of light enjoyable aromas that mingle well together. From there though, the flavors start to become less prominent, with the palate offering a more muted experience, especially for the proof. The finish continues the trend, offering a straightforward ending that doesn’t live up to the standard set by the start of the sip, and is easily forgotten. While it’s certainly a better value compared to Uncut/Unfiltered Straight Rye, it ultimately is a younger tasting Canadian rye that has a hard time standing out from the pack.
The bottle in review has the date 12/14/2022 printed on the back of the bottle.