Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Bourbon Review: Uncle Nearest 1820

Since I reviewed Uncle Nearest 1856 with my last review, I decided to go ahead and review Uncle Nearest 1820 as a follow up. Now the 1820 expression is an 11-year-old Single Barrel release and is aimed at the premium market. Just like 1856, this is a Tennessee Whiskey in that they have used the “Lincoln County Process” on it and filtered it through maple charcoal. Now I know this is labeled as a bourbon review and this is Tennessee Whiskey, but after all, isn’t it still bourbon that just has the additional filtering step? Or am I wrong for thinking that way?

Also, in my last review I took the time to explain the back story of Uncle Nearest so I won’t go into that here. I’ll just get on with the review.

Product:  Uncle Nearest 1820 Premium Whiskey, Nearest Green Single Barrel Edition, Barrel # TN-1, Bottle 12 of 130

Age: 11 years

Type: Tennessee Whiskey

Proof: 110.5 (55.2% Alc./Vol.)

Tasting method:  Sampled in a Glencairn glass, neat after sitting for approximately 15-20 minutes.

Appearance: Dark bronze to mahogany depending on the light. Left some decent legs on my Glencairn.

Nose:  Vanilla and oak with a hint of spice (baking spices maybe)

Palate: Vanilla and oak once again with a hint of caramel and brown sugar

Finish: I thought it had a long finish with some residual spice notes that were counter-balanced by what I thought was butterscotch or maybe it was the brown sugar raising up again.

Conclusion:  As someone who thoroughly enjoyed the 1856 expression, I was excited to try the 1820 and I was not disappointed. Yes, the price was more than double the 1856 but, in my opinion, Uncle Nearest nailed it with this release.  I would definitely grab a bottle of this if you get the chance.

Well, there you have my totally untrained and amateur opinion. Maybe it provided a little bit of insight into another wonderful bottle of sweet brown elixir. Thanks for taking the time to read it and if you have tried the 1820, leave a comment below and tell me what you thought. Until next time, drink more bourbon! Cheers!

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