Clyde Mays Straight Bourbon Whiskey - Spirits Worth Raising

Clyde Mays Straight Bourbon Whiskey

After serving in World War II, legend has it that Clyde May returned to his native Alabama to raise his eight children and tend to the farm that he had purchased before the war began. Like many farmers at the time, Clyde would distill the excess grains he harvested into corn whiskey "branch-farming," he liked to call it. From the 1950s to the 1980s, May managed to produce nearly 300 gallons of whiskey a week just southeast of Montgomery in a still that he had designed and built himself. While much of Mays whiskey was sold unaged, a portion of the whiskey he produced was aged in charred oak casks into which dried apples were dropped in order to enhance the flavor.Always distilling whiskey outside the law, May was arrested in 1973 and served an 18-month sentence at the Maxwell Air Force Base. "He sure had a reputation for making fine whiskey," said Thomas Allison, a former officer with the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Upon his release, May gave up his cell to the man who convicted him Attorney General John Mitchell, who was convicted in 1974 on charges relating to the Watergate scandal.After Mays death in 1990, his son, Kenny, took up the family business and began working with Kentucky Bourbon Distillers to produce a whiskey in honor of his father. Clyde Mays Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a five-year-old whiskey, aged in heavily alligator charred new American oak barrels, non-chilled filtered and bottled at 92 proof. With a mash bill of 78 percent corn, 12 percent rye, and 10 percent barley, Clyde Mays bourbon is a venture away from their traditional, coined and trade-marked Alabama Style whiskey, which has oven-dried apples added to barrels of new-make whiskey. This straight bourbon was first launched in September of 2016, on Clyde Mays birthday and during National Bourbon Heritage Month. The release received a Gold medal in the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition and a 93 rating in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge.Pick up a bottle of this bourbon today!
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