Jack Daniel’s, America’s best selling whiskey, isn’t Jack Daniel’s recipe- it’s Nearis Green’s.
In the 1800s when Jack Daniel was a boy, he went to work for a preacher and distiller named Dan Call. He saw such promise in Jack, he taught him how to run his whiskey still. Nearis Green, his slave, was the best whiskey maker Call knew of, so he asked for his help in making Jack the world’s best whiskey distiller.
Nearis Green’s story has been known by historians and locals for decades, even as the distillery officially ignored it. So the next time you pour yourself a glass of Jack, do so with Nearis in mind.