Civil War

Nearest and Jack Team Up Again with $5 Million Whiskey Diversity Initiative

By Mark Gillespie June 11, 2020 – In the years before the Civil War, Nathan “Nearest” Green taught a young...

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A New Career, But Carrying On the Family Legacy (Episode 807: February 23, 2020)

There’s an old saying that “sometimes, you choose the whisky business…and sometimes, it chooses you.” That could be said for...

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A Throwback to the Early Days of Scotch Whisky (Episode 793: November 17, 2019)

Scotch whisky history was built on the backs of farmers who worked their fields three seasons of the year and...

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Terroir in Whisky: Terrific Concept or Terrible Myth? (Episode 791: November 3, 2019)

Want to start an argument among whisky lovers? Just ask whether there’s “terroir” in whisky. Terroir is the French term...

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The Back Stories Behind Picking Private Barrels (Episode 780: August 11, 2019)

“Private Selection” bottlings are the rage today, and it almost seems like an arms race as bars and retailers try...

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The Uncle Nearest Story: A Timeless Lesson for Modern Times (Episode 779: August 4, 2019)

If the story of Nathan “Nearest” Green and Jack Daniel was made into a movie, critics might describe it as...

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Speed Rack: Women Shaking Cocktails for a Cause (Episode 707: June 17, 2018)

There are plenty of cocktail competitions for bartenders, but Speed Rack was one of the first to highlight women working...

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Nearest Green’s Legacy Gets a New Home (Episode 675: January 7, 2018)

Last November, Fawn Weaver told us about her mission to spread the story of Nathan “Nearest” Green, the former slave...

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The Tale of “Uncle Nearest” and a Whiskey Legacy (Episode 666: November 5, 2017)

In 2015, Brown-Forman acknowledged what had been an open secret around Lynchburg, Tennessee for generations – that Jack Daniel’s distilling...

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Episode 595: June 25, 2016

Willie Cochrane retired last month after 39 years at Jura Distillery, and spent the last 11 of them as the...

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