Sep 22, 2022
In this fascinating conversation
with Victoria Eady Butler, Master Blender for Uncle Nearest Premium
Whiskey, some of the topics we discuss include:
- How Victoria transitioned from a career in
criminal justice fighting organized crime to her role as the Master
Blender for Uncle Nearest, where she won back-to-back titles as
Master Blender of the Year in 2021 and 2022.
- What happened when she teamed up with historian
and Uncle Nearest CEO Fawn Weaver to unearth the living legacy of
her great-great grandfather, Nathan “Nearest” Green who was touted
during his lifetime as the best distiller in the
- The importance of the Lincoln County Process,
which is the primary differentiator between Tennessee whiskey and
bourbon, and which was perfected by Nearest as a signature
- Then, of course, we taste Uncle Nearest’s
flagship product: 1884 Small Batch whiskey, which won Best American
whiskey in 2021.
- We also investigate Victoria’s signature
approach to blending, which involves specific techniques to protect
her palate and ensure that she addresses the all-important “finish”
of the whiskey.
- Along the way, we learn about the deeply
important philanthropic work of the Nearest Green Foundation, why
Tennessee Whiskey is “Bourbon plus one,” where you can go to drink
at the longest bar in the world, and much, much more.
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