The Secret Behind Jack Daniels Whiskey
Jack Daniels, a long standing tradition of good whiskey. This year, the whiskey brand made 150 years & its distillery has an interesting tale behind it.
The company has a taken a step forward to give the necessary credit to the man historically known to have taught Jack Daniels how to make whiskey.
Call got a great liking to Daniel and he taught him how to run his whiskey still.
NEARIS GREEN, the Secret Behind Jack Daniels Whiskey
It’s my great honor to say, a slave by the names of Nearis Green who worked for a preacher, grocer and a distiller called Dan Call.
It is from here where Jack Daniel as young lad working in the Call’s distiller met Green a slave to Call.
Who is Nearis Green?
The million dollar question you would ask, who is or what is he to the Jack Daniel brand worth over $2.9 billion for an industry.
Nearis Green’s story is based on oral history with little archival trails to prove much in regards to his contribution to the Jack Daniel whiskey.
To all whiskey enthusiasts especially to the Jack Daniel brand, they should be grateful for Green’s brilliant mind.
Left out from the list of credits for the whiskey, slaves like Nearis Green played a big crucial role in the distilling process.
Just like the white cookbook authors who often appropriated recipes from their black cooks. White distillers took credit for the whiskey.
Why credit Nearis?
Jack Daniel whiskey went ahead to talk about Nearis with the hope of getting ahead of a collision between the growing popularity of American whiskey among younger drinkers.
They also wanted to create a heightened awareness of the hidden racial politics behind America’s culinary heritage.
We simply want to set the record straight. The Green story has been known to historians and locals for decades, even as the distillery officially ignored it according to Jack Daniel’s in-house historian.
Call was quoted in accordance to the 1967 biography “Jack Daniel’s Legacy by Ben A. Green ( no relation to Nearis), Call told his slave to teach Daniel everything he knew.
“Uncle Nearest is the best whiskey maker that I know of,” the book quotes Call as saying.
In all fairness there is to it, I think the fact that Jack Daniel have finally come to acknowledge Nearis’ contribution to one of the world’s best-selling whiskeys. Are on the right path to make it even greater than they already are!
I applaud their effort and wish them a very a happy 150th anniversary of the brand since its debut.
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