Jack Daniels acknowledges brand’s first master distiller was this slave

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Jack Daniels has finally acknowledged who the brand’s first master distiller really was. Turns out, it was a Tennessee slave named Nathan “Nearest” Green.

For years, Green’s legacy as the person who taught Jack Daniels how to make whiskey was considered a well kept secret, but in 2016, the brand publicly embraced Green and began incorporating him into distillery tours.

“While slave labor was a part of life in the South prior to the Civil War’s close, Jack Daniel not only never owned slaves but he worked side-by-side with them as a hired hand,” the company’s bio reads.

Nearest is believed to be the first black master distiller.

Don't Miss


Latest News

More News