The best things in life are bought by the side of the road. Georgia peaches, Tupelo
honey, rock shrimp, shark steaks, boiled peanuts... they all have character. Local
flavour. They might not be the cleanest, or the nicest looking, but somebody loves
them enough and believes in them enough to go to all the trouble of gettin' some
together and settin' by the side of the road and tryin' to sell 'em. I've been told
that a while back, you used to could add Clyde May's Christmas Whiskey to
that list, although he probably didn't set up a roadside stand.
Mmmmm... boiled peanuts. Oops, sorry about that. Back to the subject
Clyde May's Conecuh Ridge Whiskey
45% Alcohol / 90 Proof
"Whiskey Distilled from Bourbon Mash"
Bottle: fairly square, with a screw top. I can respect a screw top. Foil
over the top in orange. A fairly nice looking label, perhaps a bit busy.
Color: a nice light amber, a lot like iced tea. The orange label makes the whiskey
look a bit orange.
Nose: a little spirity, but not harsh by any means. Graham crackers. Graham
crackers??!!! Light brown sugar. At times a bit of violets, a bit orangey.
Hints of alcohol... what most people would recognize as an isopropyl alcohol
aroma, but not much of it, really. The nose overall is... mouth watering!
Taste: You know, I really wish there were a more sophisticated word
for "yummy". 'Cause this is just plain yummy. Drink Me! Drink Me!
A word to the wise: when you pour yourself some, pour it in small amounts,
becuase you'll be hearing "Pour some more!" and "Have another!" when you
get to the bottom of the glass. If you only pour yourself small glasses, you
can give in to temptation much more often.
Let me try again.
Taste: Now the graham crackers really hit. Wow! A taste that you just can't
get anywhere else. Surges of plummy/grapey notes that you'll recognize
from young whiskey. Hints of that pretentious licorice you tried that one time.
Sometimes a touch rubbery. Mostly light brown sugar, graham crackers, and
plums. And a bit orangey. Oh, and corn cobs every now and then. Overall, the
flavours mix quite well... rather complex, and well rounded.
Finish: refreshing. Makes you want to drink more. I'm a big fan of long finishes,
and I'm genearlly disappointed when I don't get one... well, I didn't get one,
but I'm not disappointed. It leaves a sweet taste in the mouth.
It's aged in used barrels,sto the barrel doesn't dominate the taste. It's about
time someone made a "bourbon" in used barrels, becuase there's a lot of
beauty in there that the barrel often hides! Conecuh is definitey on the lighter
side: it's not going to run you over and leave you in the ditch with so much
flavor you don't know what to do with yourself.
Surprisingly enough, it's not harsh, either. It's not "hot" like I feared that
it might be. It's just: sweet. Very approachable. Sorta like rum, but with
new dimensions added. It's got rum's sweetness, but whisky's
rounder, more grainy/cereal-ish-ness.
Personally, I think that this is the future of American Whiskey.
You tasted it here first.
This is a side of "bourbon" that definitey needs more exploring.