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Clyde May’s Conecuh Ridge Bourbon




Whiskey Review: Clyde May’s Conecuh Ridge Bourbon

Tasting Notes:

It was aged for at least five years in new American oak, bottled at 100.6 proof, and priced at $49.99.
In the glass, this appears as a slightly muted, but still notable, golden amber with substantial leg strides and viscosity on the inner walls.
On first sniff, vanilla and oak are immediately apparent, joined by floral notes and hints of brown sugar, toasted almond, and butterscotch.
A tiny beat of heat delivers with it some nice vanilla, cinnamon, butterscotch, cherries, baking spice, coriander, and candy corn considerations.
This hangs low and warm in the back throat, giving some cinnamon as it slides down and fades away slowly.
A pleasantly simple bourbon, there’s little to say is wrong with Clyde May’s Conecuh Ridge Bourbon. It isn’t overly exciting, but sometimes you just need a simple sipper that’s good on its own or in a cocktail.

Editor’s Note: The party behind this whiskey gave us a review sample. Per our editorial policies, this in no way influenced the outcome of this review. 

In 1946, Clyde May of Alabama, a farmer at the time, journeyed into the shadowy world of illicit moonshining to supplement his income. The legend he and his spirits became carried on long after he died in 1990, with his namesake eventually passing into the hands of Coneuch Brands. Founded in 2014, the company produces several whiskeys under May’s name and is headquartered in New York.

Stepping forward into more recent times, Conecuh Brands is close to opening a distillery in Troy, Alabama, bringing back full circle in a way Clyde May’s to its home (it has long been the official state spirit of Alabama even though it is not currently produced there). A new sourced, straight bourbon was recently released to celebrate the planned opening of the Conecuh Ridge Distillery this coming spring.

Clyde May’s Conecuh Ridge Bourbon, which I’m reviewing today, was distilled in Indiana (likely MGP) and aged for at least five years in charred white American oak barrels. It was inspired by the first legal bottle of Clyde May’s original “Conecuh Ridge Whiskey.”

Bottled at 100.6 proof and priced at $49.99, it is now available at select retailers nationwide.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the former founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award-winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y globally. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert, and judge, he has written extensively about the subject, been interviewed in various media outlets, and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions.

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