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Clyde May’s Cask Strength Straight Bourbon 13 YO


750ml, bottle

Clyde May's Cask Strength Straight Bourbon 13 YO is a limited-edition release offering a rare glimpse into a well-aged Kentucky bourbon. Crafted with a marriage of bourbons aged 8 to 13 years, all finished with a touch of apple, this expression is bottled uncut at cask strength. The result is a bold and flavorful bourbon with a unique character, perfect for collectors and bourbon enthusiasts seeking a distinctive sipping experience.



Initial Impression: Prepare for a bold and intriguing opening act. The high proof announces its presence with a warming ethanol kick. As it settles, the unique character of this bourbon starts to unfold. Look for a prominent sweetness with hints of apple peel, applewood, and maybe even a touch of apple cider. This fruity influence mingles with the classic bourbon notes of vanilla extract, rich caramel, and hints of baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Depending on the specific age makeup of the married bourbons, a subtle oak character with hints of vanilla bean or toasted wood shavings might emerge in the background.

Deeper Sniffs: As you delve deeper, the complexity of the expression starts to shine. The rye content (though not confirmed) might reveal itself with a subtle peppery spice, adding another layer of intrigue. The oak aging influence becomes more noticeable, with hints of toasted wood, baking spices, and maybe even a touch of cocoa or leather (depending on the specific barrels used). The applewood finish adds a delicate fruity layer that complements the sweetness of the vanilla and caramel without overpowering the other aromas.


First Sip: The full-bodied to very full-bodied character (depending on the specific age makeup of the marriage) coats your tongue with a satisfying weight. The high proof delivers a noticeable warmth that quickly transitions into a wave of flavor. The initial taste is a delightful interplay of sweetness and spice. Hints of apple mingle with the classic bourbon notes of vanilla, caramel, and baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. The undisclosed mash bill might contribute a subtle corn sweetness or a hint of toasty grain character. The rye influence (if present) might create a touch of peppery spice on the tongue, adding complexity.

Midpalate: As the whiskey opens up, the different aged components of the marriage start to dance on your palate. The older bourbons might contribute richer notes of oak, dried fruit (like raisin or prune), and even a touch of leather or tobacco. The younger components might bring a burst of fresh fruitiness and a lighter vanilla character. Throughout this interplay, the applewood influence remains present, offering a refreshing counterpoint and a touch of uniqueness.


Lingering Flavors: The sweetness fades gradually, leaving a long and warming finish. The oak character lingers with notes of toasted wood, baking spices, and maybe even a hint of vanilla bean. The subtle applewood influence remains in the background, offering a pleasant reminder of the unique finishing touch. The high alcohol content creates a lingering warmth that slowly fades.

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United States




Clyde May's Whiskey


750ml, bottle


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Tasting Notes



Notes of vanilla and almonds, and hints of cinnamon and clove. Boasting caramel, chocolate and spice tones on the palate.