Mar 01, 2022, 10:54 ET
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn., March 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, the super-premium whiskey from Tennessee, announced today that the brand has once again made history as its master blender, Victoria Eady Butler, was honored with her second Master Blender of the Year title at Whisky Magazine's American Icons of Whisky Awards. Eady Butler is the first person to win the award for two consecutive years. In 2021, she was the first female ever to be awarded the Master Blender of the Year title at the competition.
"It is impossible for me to put into words how significant this is to me and my family," said Eady Butler. "Less than five years ago, almost no one knew the name Nearest Green outside of my tiny hometown of Lynchburg. Now, he is well known as the best whiskey maker the world never knew, and the undisputed Godfather of Tennessee Whiskey. To be able to add my own legacy of whiskey-making next to his, well heck – ya'll are going to make me cry. This is truly incredible."
Eady Butler, who is the great-great-granddaughter of the whiskey brand's namesake, Nearest Green, initially joined the Uncle Nearest team in March 2019 as the VP of Administration, but later that year was appointed as the distillery's Master Blender. It was Eady Butler's undeniable talent for selecting and blending whiskeys that elevated her to the role after the very first batch of 1884 Small Batch Whiskey she curated earned numerous awards including Best American Whiskey at the China Wine & Spirits Awards, a distinction earned again stateside in 2021 at the prestigious Ascot Awards. The appointment also made her the first African American master blender for a major spirit brand. Eady Butler has since earned multiple recognitions for her achievements, including being honored as Master Blender of the Year by The Spirits Business and VinePair.
"What's amazing is Victoria came in to oversee the administrative side of our company, which includes our Foundation which grants Nearest Green descendants full scholarships to any university of their choosing," said Fawn Weaver, CEO of Uncle Nearest. "The idea of the small batch whiskey was that every descendant who wanted to do a special blend would work with our team to create their own. While watching Victoria do her first tasting, we all got the sense that we were witnessing something special. I told her, 'Whiskey is in your blood.' From that moment on, there was no question who would blend every future bottle of Uncle Nearest."
Under the watch and expert palate of Eady Butler, Uncle Nearest was the most-awarded American Whiskey or Bourbon of 2019, 2020 and 2021, and is currently garnering top awards for 2022 including Double Gold medals at the World Whiskies Awards. Last month, the Nearest Green Distillery also announced its 2022 slate of whiskeys, all of which now include Eady Butler's signature and a note from her on the front label, further cementing her legacy in whiskey history right next to her ancestor.
About Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey
Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey honors the world's first-known African American master distiller, Nearest Green. Uncle Nearest is available in all 50 states and 12 countries, and is sold in more than 25,000 stores, bars, hotels, restaurants, and at its distillery in Shelbyville, Tenn. For more information, please visit the Uncle Nearest website, and follow on Instagram and Facebook @unclenearest.
About Nearest Green Distillery
Nearest Green Distillery is the world's first distillery to commemorate an African American. Dubbed as "Malt Disney World," and named by Travel + Leisure as a "true whiskey destination," the 323-acre property has become known as a full-blown destination for whiskey lovers, history enthusiasts, and families. It is a master class in storytelling and history-making, paying tribute to the three things Tennessee is most known for: Tennessee Whiskey, Tennessee walking horses and Tennessee music. For more information or to book a tour, please visit unclenearest.com/distillery.
SOURCE Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey
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