Jack Daniels wasn’t born knowing how to make whiskey.  Someone had to teach him and that someone isn’t who you’d expect.  Uncle Nearest, born Nathan Green, was a slave in Tennessee who first taught a young Jack Daniels how to distill.  The two worked together when Green was rented to a farmer named Dan Call, who’d also hired a teenage Daniels.  Green mentored Daniels in the ways of whiskey and when Green was freed following the Civil War, Daniels remembered his first teacher and brought Green into a newly established distillery.  The New York Times has an excellent article about Green’s role in creating Jack Daniels and the rediscovery of that role and they go into far more detail than we can here.

Beyond that, Uncle Nearest is getting some additional recognition in the release of a new whiskey bearing his name.  It’s made using the same techniques as Uncle Nearest would have used and is as close to his own personal recipe as people can get.  This whiskey has some of the most unusual tasting notes we’ve ever seen, with bales of hay and pumpkin seeds featuring prominently, so we’re looking as hard as we can to get our hands on a whiskey this special.  Both in origin and in taste.


In short, this is a key-shaped multi-tool built of stainless steel that has all of the tools you need for everyday repairs for everything from light switches to bicycles. Bit driver. Protractor. Metric and Imperial rulers. Imperial and Metric closed wrenches. Bottle Opener. File. Scoring tip. Wire bender and bike spoke key. Wire stripper. Screwdrivers. 1/4 hex driver pocket. So you might need to throw in some hex bits for specific projects, but otherwise, the Geekey has you covered for almost all of your everyday repair needs. As if that wasn’t enough, the hexogon can also serve as a smoking bowl, with the shaft of the key hollowed out to serve as a pipe.