GSN Review: Clyde May’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey


Clyde May was an Alabama farmer, war hero, moonshiner by trade, but a craftsman by heart who set out to make the best whiskey Alabama ever tasted. Using copper stills, Alabama spring water and the finest local grains, Clyde perfected his own unique finish – Alabama Style – by aging small batches in charred oak barrels, adding oven-dried apples to produce a hint of green apple that set Clyde May’s Whiskey apart.

Paying homage to Clyde May himself and his dedication to his craft, this non-chill filtered straight bourbon is a 5-year-old spirit. Using simple and traditional ingredients, the bourbon mash is patiently aged in heavily “alligator” charred new American oak barrels.

Clyde May’s was named the Official State Spirit of Alabama in 2004.

Clyde May’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey (92 proof)
Visual: Darkening orange-brass.
Nose: Wood char, sweet corn, pie spice, and even a touch of fresh pineapple.
Taste: Initially sweet and tangy, it quickly evolves into a more complex spirit with a keen balance of wood and corn.  Quite flavorful and barrel forward, the lasting effect is of a self-assured and confident bourbon that has a brash yet fun-loving character.  There’s even a bit of rye spice here which adds to the appeal.
Finish: Medium long with the woody notes taking the train home.
Overall: A very endearing bourbon, especially on a cold autumnal day.  Just the thing to lift your spirits and part the clouds.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: May’s Whiskey

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