Clyde May’s Straight Bourbon
Clyde May’s Straight Bourbon is aptly named after Clyde May who was an Alabama farmer. May had a storied history as being a talented moonshiner in the mid-20th century. Refining his craft over the years, and ultimately spending time in a federal penitentiary because of this. Known for his usage of oven-dried apples, May would add these to his barrels. During the aging process resulting in a distinctive flavor profile. In 2001, May’s son recreated his father’s recipe and legally began distilling Clyde May’s.
The bottle of Clyde May’s Straight Bourbon itself sports a green and white label, which is representative of the colors in Clyde’s prison cell. While the whiskey is currently sourced, the company announced plans in late 2017 to open a distillery in Troy, Alabama. Construction has been delayed, with groundbreaking now expected to start in early 2020. The bottle being reviewed is from Batch 003 and its label states it’s aged a minimum of 3 years.