Clyde May's Special Reserve Alabama Style Whiskey

Clyde May's Special Reserve Alabama Style Whiskey

(0.75l, 55%)


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A real deal Alabama style Bourbon infused with a hint of apple.

Clyde May was a WWII war 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 Whiskey started with their core Bourbon product. But in 2015 they extended their product line to include Clyde May's Whiskey Special Reserve, and it is something quite a bit different than you might expect. It starts with their signature six year old Bourbon with a mash of 55% core, 30% rye, and 15% barley aged in heavily toasted American oak. But a small amount of apple juice is added — just a touch — and it makes a big difference. And it is bottled at 55% ABV, so you get a huge pop of flavor too. 
  • Category
  • Style
    Alabama style Whiskey
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    55%
  • Distillery
    Clyde May's
  • Age
    Up to 6 years

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apple
toasted
cinnamon
pie
caramel
vanilla
butterscotch
spicy
clove
What does Clyde May's Special Reserve Alabama Style Whiskey taste like?

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Corner
Tennessee Whiskey closely parallels Bourbon, but a final filter through sugar-maple charcoal (called the Lincoln County Process) is what some producers say differentiates Tennessee Whiskey from its Kentucky cousin. The finish is sweeter and smoother than Bourbon.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Dark amber. 

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Strongly scented with vanilla, caramel, and just a whiff of cinnamon apple tart. 

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Surprisingly rich with butterscotch, apple pie, and toasted oak. 

Finish
Long with waves of spice and sweetness.
Ratings & Reviews
Quentin
Quentin,
Alabama's best whiskey. Had only one drink. Thinking of giving rest to my friend in Grand Bay, AL. Roll Tide!!!
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Interesting. The burn is definitely there but I definitely don’t mind it. It was nice over ice.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Great nose to this Whiskey you can not only smell the apples but taste them. very smooth for 110 Proof. makes a great cocktail, but i enjoy it neat.. Cheers
 
JAMES
JAMES,
Lots of fruit - different than most things you will try. Interesting and good not at all a classic style
 
John
John,
Loved it. Great aroma, but disappointed in the finish
 
garrett
garrett,
Interesting whiskey here. The nose you get hit with the apple right upfront. Drink it neat and you taste Clyde May's legacy as a moonshiner. It is harsh and just has a hint of apple when you drink it neat. I tried to add water to temper it but at 110 proof it is hard to do that. I discovered that if you add Oceanspray Cranberry juice the 100% kind makes the apple flavor really shine. Just a rock glass with a shot or two of this whiskey fill in with cranberry juice and some ice cubes makes for an excellent drink that kind of taste like a liquid Jolly Rancher. Whiskey and cran anyone?
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
The 'just a whiff of cinnamon and apple tart' is much more forward and present on both the nose and palate than the description would have you believe. Feels like fall in an orchard.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Quite nice
 
shane
shane,
Great flavor!
 
guest
guest,
Has a unique flavor and heat to it. One of a kind. I enjoy the spice in this whiskey.
 
Chris
Chris,
Was surprised by the taste. Definitely presence of apple but not overwhelmingly sweet. Almost a refreshing presence. Smooth. Enjoyed it.
 
Terry
Terry,
Wow, one of my new favorites. The smell of caramel and apple are wonderful. At first you taste apple and a hint of caramel. The finish is smooth with a little kick.
 
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