Clyde May's Non-Chill Filtered 5 Years Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey

The Data

Category   Whiskey

Sub-Category   Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Origion   Kentucky

Retail Price   $39.99

ABV   46%

In the Glass

Appearance

Very deep amber color.

Aromatics

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.

Flavor

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.

Intensity & Texture

Full-bodied with rich and bright fruit while maintaining an ideal balance thanks to a bright dose of acidity and generous spice accents.

Cool Factor

A

We have been a fan of the Clyde May's Whiskies from the beginning and this five-year-old Bourbon doesn't fail to charm.

Value Grade

B

At $40 a bottle this Bourbon won't be found on the bargain shelf but it is well in line with today's market prices.

Analysis

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.

How to Enjoy

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.

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