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Clyde May’s Whiskey Offers Up Several New Expressions

Clyde May’s Whiskey is said to have been distilled since 1946 and “legal” since 2001. Noted as being the first official state spirit in the country and the official state spirit of Alabama, it is owned by Conecuh Brands. Three new whiskeys have recently debuted from it, just in time for the holiday season.

The three new Clyde May’s whiskeys, according to those behind it, include a 6 year old single barrel bourbon, 8 year old straight rye and a 12 year old cask strength Alabama style whiskey.

Clyde May’s 12 Year Cask Strength Alabama Style Whiskey
Clyde May’s 12 Year Cask Strength Alabama Style Whiskey (Image via Clyde May’s)

“We’re quite excited about these latest brand extensions,” said Roy Danis, President and CEO Conecuh Brands, in a prepared statement. “It is a testament to our growing franchise and strong consumer response that we continue to push the envelope around product innovation.

“We are especially pleased to continue with our Cask Strength Whiskey Continuity Program. We have many fans who follow each release, starting with our 8-year-old Cask in 2016. This current 12-year-old release, we feel is our best yet. It’s part of an exclusive limited release of only a few thousand bottles every year.”

It is said the 6 Year Single Barrel Straight Bourbon and 8 Year Straight Rye were each aged in New American charred white oak barrels. The Single Barrel Straight Bourbon has official tasting notes that speak of “big flavors of vanilla, caramel and brown sugar.”

The 8 Year Rye, meanwhile, is a blend of 8, 9 and 10-year-old straight rye whiskies. This whiskey’s tasting notes mention it “is a beautiful smooth blend, rich and balanced with robust flavors of fresh coffee beans and cacao nibs.”

The  Clyde May’s 6 Year Single Barrel Straight Bourbon is 102 proof and prices around $50 per 750 ml bottle, while the Clyde May’s 8 Year Straight Rye is 104 proof and also around $50). The Clyde May’s 12 Year Cask Strength Alabama Style Whiskey, meanwhile, is 120 proof and prices around $130.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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