Beverage of the Week (BOW)
Clyde May's Non-Chill Filtered 5 Years Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey
I've been watching the Clyde May's brand since its introduction some five years (or so) ago. The Whiskey for this latest offering was made in Kentucky and rested for five years in heavily charred oak casks. The visual, the nose, and certainly the palate confirm the heavily charred oak as it adds an unmistakable character to this youthful Bourbon without trampling on the bright and expressive fruit flavors. Additionally, the decision to bottle this Whiskey free of chill-filtration gives it a textural boost that ideally accentuates the positive flavors. in sum it's a real charmer.
Clyde May was a real guy. Clyde was a moonshiner and even spent a few months in prison for practicing his trade. While much of the moonshine of the day was sold as unaged "white dog", Clyde aged his Whiskey made with a mash of corn and rye in oak barrels to give it more depth of flavor and to take away the hard edges. Barrels were not enough as Clyde also added oven-dried apples to the barrels giving his Whiskey a uniquely smooth texture and sweet, fruity, and spicy accents. The "Alabama Style" was created.
Very deep amber color.
The nose is filled with the scents of sweet grains, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla bean, and baked orchard fruits with flanking notes of brown baking spices and charred oak.
The palate echoes the nose delivering a fruit-forward core with waves of exotic spices, vanilla, and sweet barrel notes with hints of black pepper and leather.
Full-bodied with rich and bright fruit while maintaining an ideal balance thanks to a bright dose of acidity and generous spice accents.
How to Serve
You can certainly make a bold and tasty Manhattan with this Bourbon but I suspect that most will enjoy this neat with just a splash of water as we have done.
Price: $ 39.99