Uncle Nearest Whiskey Honors a Forgotten History

Led by CEO Fawn Weaver, the young brand tells an important story in the development of US distillation

Bucking the misconception that whiskey has historically been a Caucasian craft, Uncle Nearest appeared on shelves in 2017 with a new narrative: Jack Daniel wasn’t actually taught how to make whiskey by his white preacher, but rather a slave that worked on the preacher’s property, Nathan “Nearest” Green. Daniel took an interest in his preacher’s still, but was taught to use it by Green—a piece of …

September Scotch: Three Times Distilled Auchentoshan Single Malts

How the process affects flavor, and why it's OK to use this whisky in cocktails

The distillery for single malt Scotch brand Auchentoshan (pronounced “AWK-EN-TOSH-EN”) can be considered geographically distinct for an uncommon reason. Yes, it’s a Lowland Scotch (as opposed to the Highland and Islay whiskies we’ve thus far explored in our September Scotch series), but more importantly it’s produced on the outskirts of a massive city, namely Scotland’s largest: Glasgow. The distillery origins date back to 1823, but …

Socially Conscious Snow Leopard Vodka

A new luxury spirit that donates a percentage of its proceeds to conservation

For consumers who don’t have time to try all of the many different vodkas on the market, it’s tough to know the liquor’s true nuances and build brand allegiance. With the newly released Snow Leopard Vodka, however, there’s an added value to every purchase: conservation. The high-end spirit is distilled and handcrafted in small batches in Poland’s Polmos Lublin, using fertilizer and pesticide-free spelt (rather …