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A solid Straight Bourbon that is as straight-forward as they come with a soft, fruit-forward profile.
Clyde May was a WWII hero and a bit of a local legend. But when he got home after the war, he made his living as a moonshiner in the back-woods of Alabama. He produced high-quality Spirits and actually aged his Moonshine into Whiskey when other illegal operators were selling it right out of the still. He got caught and served eight months in federal prison, but as soon as he got out he built a new still and started over again. In 2001, Clyde’s son recreated the magic of that first aged Moonshine and built Clyde May’s Whiskey — legally this time — and their signature Bourbon is now the Official State Spirit of Alabama.
Clyde May’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a bit of a departure from their core "Alabama-style" Whiskies. This is as straight as a Straight Bourbon gets with a mash bill of 78% corn, 12% rye, and 10% malted barley. It’s matured in new American oak for between four and five years and bottled at 46% ABV. The initial release came out in September of 2016 during National Bourbon Month and on Clyde’s birthday — which makes it a tasty sentimental favorite. But this little dram has its share of Gold Medals and authoritative ratings in the mid-90s across the board too.
Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
The nose is soft with solid fruit tones of blackberry, peach, and apple over a background of caramelized sugar and nutmeg.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate opens warm with a note of peach strudel and caramel apples over toasted oak and a light spice.
The finish is medium-length with an interesting transition of strawberry and menthol tones.
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