American Whiskey - Blended
Clyde May's Conecuh Ridge Whiskey
This is a Tier 2 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.
Clyde May's whiskey is named for WWII veteran Clyde May who returned to Alabama for a life of moonshining. This tradition lives in his son Kenny May, who produced his first (legal) batch of whiskey for sale in 2002 and was the original owner of the brand. Kenny May felt the product faithfully reproduced the product his father made. The whiskey itself is a blended grain whiskey of corn, rye, and barley, which we believe suggests a flavor profile somewhat similar to bourbon (though it is not, of course, officially a bourbon whiskey). It is aged in new American oak barrels (another trait of bourbon). They suggest drinking neat.
The brand is owned by Spirit Acquisitions of Texas, who purchased the label in 2009 (and since that time, Kenny May is no longer involved with the production). According to the filing with the Tax and Trade Bureau, it is produced by Florida Distillers as of 2012 (formerly with Kentucky Bourbon Distillers). According to an interview in Tasting Panel Magazine (Kelly Merritt, December, 2013), there are plans to build a distillery and bottling plant in Alabama. Conecuh Ridge was named the official spirit of the state of Alabama in 2004 despite a veto from Governor Bob Riley (overridden by the legislature) and a later attempted repeal by the state senate.
The 2012 Wine Enthusiast review recommended it specifically for Whiskey Sour cocktails.