Thursday, September 29, 2022

Review: Clyde May's Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Recipe No. 2)

Color (5%): light, amber, thinning edges again. 4/5

Nose (10%): big corn note, brown sugar, alcohol a bit high, stewed apple, slight roast peach notes. Great bourbon character. 7/10

Palate (20%): lovely apples and pear notes. Slight strawberry pop early in the taste. A bit of oiliness. A good deal of oak spice. 14/20

Finish (10%): very long finish, much less sweet than the Alabama style. Rather lingering alcohol burn. 6/10

Overall Impression and Harmony (30%): This is a rich oily bourbon. The age statement is in the range that I like. Not too young, you can see the impact of the wood, but it's balanced. I like certain bourbons better and certain bourbons that push the extremes of the category a little more, but this is a delicious solid bourbon. 19/30

Retry on Ice (25%): It gets a bit rough on the nose, dirty old apples. Still holds its alcohol heat. Loses the fun and keeps the rough. 12/25

Total Ranking: 62% Legendary, Amazing, Great, Good, Fair, Average, Tolerable, Swill

Estimated Fair Price: $27
Actual Price: $35

Conclusion: This is good, rich bourbon, just nothing special. I'm sure this is somebody's favorite, but the market is so saturated that I didn't see anything that impressive. It doesn't differentiate itself from other bourbons. It's fine. The bottle's aesthetic, with lots of classic prohibition imagery and script text, is sexy, but I'll pass on this one. 

Fact Sheet:
Distillery Location: Florida USA
ABV: 46% (92 Proof)
Age Statement: 4-5 years
Method: Non-chill filtered
Awards: 94 points 2018 Wine Enthusiast, Gold New York World Wine & Spirits Competition, 93
2016 Ultimate Spirits Challenge

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