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Wednesday
Jan302013

Clyde May's Conecuh Ridge Whiskey

Clyde May’s Whiskey is an American spirit that captures the spirit of a real American. Clyde May, a World War II veteran, returned home to Alabama to farm his land and raise his family. Though Clyde reared eight children, his farming endeavors were not as successful. He turned to the illegal trade of whiskey-making, or “branch-farming” as he liked to call it, to help supplement his income. May sold much of his whiskey unaged, right from the still, but some he put down in barrels. He spent a large portion of his life perfecting the art of small batch whiskey-making and continued to experiment with different methods until he finally developed what came to be known as “Mr. Clyde’s Special Reserve.”

In 2002, Mr. May’s son, Kenny May, produced the first legal batch of his father’s whiskey and called it Clyde May’s Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey. Distribution was limited initially to Alabama and in 2004 Mr. May’s whiskey became the state’s official state spirit.

The whiskey’s mash bill consists of corn, rye and malted barley, and is a marriage of 5& 6 year old bourbon from Heaven Hill that was aged in new caramel-charred white oak barrels. Deep, glimmering bronze color with perfect clarity. The generous aromatics are loaded with rich caramel, dried orchard fruits, toffee, butterscotch, nutmeg, spicy rye notes, maple, and candied orange peel. The palate is harmonious and seamless. The flavor profile bursts open with dried fruits, sage and black pepper offering enough viscosity to give the whiskey length and depth. Silky finish  with a complex black pepper accent and hints of anise and toasted oak.

Anyone who shops with us regularly will know that Alabama has a special place around here, and this whiskey has a special price: $29.99!

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