Tennessee-based Nearest Green Distillery has unveiled three expressions that will be added to the Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey portfolio, including its second rye expression.The 50% ABV rye, which launched yesterday (10 November), will be followed by the release of Uncle Nearest Single Barrel Black Label Whiskey, and Uncle Nearest Single Barrel Rye. Hand-selected and tasted by master blender Victoria Eady Butler, Uncle Nearest Straight Rye is said to feature a bold, decadent nose, and a palate ‘brimming with light vanilla cream, caramelised sugar, and the unmistakable spice of rye’. It is complemented by a long, rich finish. “It took us a while to release our 100-proof straight rye whiskey. If we were going to add rye to our lineup, it had to be worthy of all the accolades and awards our other whiskeys receive,” said Eady Butler. “My great-great-grandfather’s legacy of excellence requires us to take our time to do things differently. I’m confident he would have been so proud of this straight rye whiskey.” Due to the challenges around growing rye in Tennessee, Uncle Nearest sourced its rye from Canada and aged it in New York for four years before transferring it to Tennessee to rest and finish in its used barrels. Uncle Nearest Straight Rye Whiskey is now available to purchase for US$59 at Nearest Green Distillery in Shelbyville, Tennessee, and will be available online and rolled out in stores across the US throughout November. The whiskey will be followed by the release of Uncle Nearest Single Barrel Black Label on Black Friday (25 November), and will be priced at US$79, and Uncle Nearest Single Barrel Rye 15 December, which will have an RRP of US$89. These rollouts are part of the brand’s 12 Weeks of Christmas initiative, which includes special promotions for Uncle Nearest fans, such as bottle signings at the distillery, and limited time offerings like the Legacy Collection Ultimate Gift Set containing all seven Uncle Nearest whiskeys, available to purchase at the distillery the weekend of 22 December. Following the launch of the Single Barrel Black Label at Nearest Green Distillery, it will be solely available at the distillery and on Reservebar.com starting on Monday 28 November through the first half of 2023. The Single Barrel Rye will follow suit. Uncle Nearest released its first rye expression in September this year.