Black-Owned, Black-Operated Spirits We Love

While there’s Hennessy, Patron, Bacardi and others, wouldn’t you love to be sipping on some Black-owned liquor instead? Here are some bomb-ass Black-owned spirits that you should think about adding to your liquor bar. 

 

Uncle Nearest 1856 – Owned by Fawn Weaver

“Uncle Nearest 1856 is a blend of premium aged whiskies between 8 and 14 years old. It has a caramel color with a beautiful deep golden hue. On the nose, baled hay and pumpkin seeds with subtle notes of ripe stone fruit and caramel corn. Bold and spicy upfront then mellows with sweet caramel and maple, like biting into an oatmeal raisin cookie. The finish is long and rich. It lingers pleasantly sweet on the palate with notes of vanilla after the spice dissipates,” the brand’s website reads.

 

About Fawn Weaver

Fawn Weaver
Fawn Weaver

Best-selling author and tech entrepreneur, Fawn Weaver is well-known for spearheading and creating the brand “Uncle Nathan Nearest Green”, which is based on the legacy of  Uncle Nearest,” an enslaved Black man who taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey. After learning about Green’s story, she was inspired to write a book and make a movie about Green that would be celebrated with a bottle of whiskey she produced. During the process, she decided that she would honor Green’s legacy by creating a distillery in his name.

 

LS Cream Liqueur – Owned by Myriam Jean-Baptiste and Stevens Charles

“LS Cream Liqueur is an award-winning cordial, consisting of a rich blend of fresh cream and neutral grain spirits mixed with notes of coconut, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg. It exudes style and luxury while staying true to its Haitian heritage.”

 

About Myriam Jean-Baptiste and Stevens Charles

Myriam Jean-Baptiste and Stevens Charles
Myriam Jean-Baptiste and Stevens Charles

The Haitian-Canadian couple was inspired to create their own kremas brand after attending a Christmas party where the drink was being served. Kremas is an alcoholic beverage native to Haiti, and the couple be one of the firsts to bring the cultural drink to store shelves. Now, LS Cream Liqeuer can be bought in more than 200 locations, in Quebec, and in the United States.

La Fête du Rosé – Owned by Donae Burston

“La Fête du Rosé is produced in conjunction with the prestigious winemakers from Domaine Bertaud Belieu, the oldest vineyard on the Saint-Tropez peninsula established in 1340. Together, we are committed to sustainable agriculture, the environment, and the protection of nature. Sustainability is our guiding principle, and as a result, our wine is 100% pesticide-free,” the brand’s website reads.

 

About Donae Burston

Donae Burston
Donae Burston

During a business trip in Saint Tropez, Burston was introduced to the owner of Domaine Bertaud Belieu, the owner of the oldest on the Saint Tropez peninsula. While chatting, Burston pitched an idea for a new Rosé brand that would benefit the livelihoods of Black people.

For every bottle sold, proceeds are donated to various programs that provide travel opportunities to underserved and underrepresented youth, according to Travel Noire.

J Moss Wine – Owned by James Moss

“Our dream was to create high quality, handcrafted, small lots of cabernet sauvignon from top Napa Valley appellations.  In vintage 2000, we made our first barrels from merlot grown on the Carneros property where we lived.  We knew we were on to something special!  For several more years, while working a full-time job in the wine industry, James spent evenings and weekends learning the intricacies of winemaking.  James was fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside two phenomenal winemakers in the Valley;  Mark Jessup, former winemaker from Jessup Cellars, Robert Mondavi and Opus One and now winemaker at J. Gregory Wines, and subsequently with Gustavo Brambila, former winemaker for Chateau Montelena, Grgich Hills and now part owner/winemaker of Gustavo Wines,” the website reads.

 

About James Moss

James Moss
James Moss

According to the J Moss website, “James Moss comes from Dallas, Texas where he first was introduced to fine wines working for a Texas distributor.  His work often brought him to the Napa Valley for further education.  That is when he began to fall in love with the industry and had the desire to produce his own fine wine that he could share with friends and family and eventually all wine lovers.  James decided to move to California in 1998 to follow this dream.”

“James’ career in winemaking began with helping out a friend at his small winery.  This is where he soon realized the complexity and commitment it took to produce an award-winning wine and he has been committed to that goal ever since.  In addition to the day to day operations being the winemaker for J Moss, James hand selects the vineyards where the grapes are sourced, is the welcoming host at J Moss winery tastings and works out in the market hand selling J Moss wines to on and off premise customers in Northern California, Texas, Hawaii and beyond.”

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