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Clyde May’s Special Reserve Straight Bourbon 6 YO


750ml, bottle

Clyde May's Special Reserve Straight Bourbon 6 YO takes you on a flavor adventure that bridges the gap between classic Kentucky bourbon and Californian spirit. This 6-year-aged, non-chill filtered bourbon boasts a unique aging process and a smooth, balanced taste profile. Perfect for sipping neat or on the rocks, this expression is a great choice for bourbon enthusiasts seeking something new and exciting.



Initial Impression: Prepare for a welcoming arrival, but with a twist. The non-chill filtered nature of this bourbon might present a slightly grainy character upfront. This is quickly followed by classic bourbon notes like vanilla extract and caramel. As you hold the glass closer, hints of baking spice like clove or nutmeg might emerge, adding a touch of warmth. The influence of the American oak barrel starts to reveal itself with subtle hints of vanilla bean and toasted wood shavings.

Deeper Sniffs: As you delve deeper, the complexity of Clyde May’s Special Reserve begins to unfold. The non-chill filtering might contribute a subtle fruitiness, like orchard fruits such as apple or pear. The oak influence becomes more noticeable, offering hints of cinnamon or baking spices alongside the vanilla and toasty wood notes. Depending on the specific barrel used for aging, a touch of herbal character like mint or dill might peek through, adding another layer of intrigue.


First Sip: The medium-bodied character offers a satisfying weight on the tongue, striking a balance between richness and drinkability. The 110 proof (55% ABV) delivers a noticeable warmth that complements the flavors, but may require a splash of water for those who prefer a slightly tamer experience. The initial taste is a delightful explosion of classic bourbon notes.  Vanilla extract and caramel come to the forefront, creating a sweet and inviting foundation.  Hints of clove and baking spice, like nutmeg, emerge, adding a touch of complexity.

Midpalate: As the whiskey opens up, the oak influence takes center stage. Hints of vanilla bean and toasted wood mingle with the lingering sweetness of the caramel and vanilla. The clove spice from the aroma translates to the palate, offering a pleasant tingle on the tongue. The non-chill filtering might contribute a subtle peppery character, adding another layer of intrigue.  Depending on the undisclosed mash bill used, hints of grain character like cornbread or biscuit might also emerge on the midpalate.


Lingering Flavors: The sweetness fades gradually, leaving a medium-length finish that is both warming and satisfying. The oak character lingers with hints of vanilla bean and toasted wood. The clove spice and a touch of peppery heat might also linger in the background. A subtle whisper of fruit or herbal character, detected earlier in the aroma, might leave a fleeting reminder of the unique non-chill filtered profile.

Additional information

Product Type







United States




Clyde May's Whiskey


750ml, bottle


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Tasting Notes



Incredibly balanced with a smooth long finish. You get a generous amount of orchard fruits on the nose and clove and spice on the palate.