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.