Uncle Nearest appoints ‘first’ African-American master blender

Tennessee whiskey brand Uncle Nearest has named Victoria Eady-Butler as its master blender, believed to be the “first-known” African-American person to hold the title. Eady-Butler is the great-great-granddaughter of the whiskey brand’s namesake, Nearest Green, who was the first African-American master distiller. “It’s difficult for me to put into words what the creation of this brand has meant to me and my family,” Eady-Butler said. “Being able to contribute to my great-great-grandfather’s whiskey-making legacy as…

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