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Clyde May’s Whiskey: An American Whiskey Legend

It’s a known fact that history is filled with legendary moments, but only a few possess an iconic history. One of those noteworthy historical moments is when World War II veteran Clyde May became a moonshiner. To support his family after the war, Clyde May turned to moonshining. He began producing and selling an unaged, right from the still moonshine which he perfected over the years into small-batch whiskeys. From the first moonshine batch up until 2012, Clyde May’s Whiskey was technically participating in the illegal trade of whiskey-making. Mr. May’s son, Kenny May actually produced the first legal batch of his father’s whiskey in 2012, named Clyde May’s Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey.

Clyde May's Alabama Style Whiskey

We had the please of getting to know three whiskeys from the Clyde May’s Whiskey portfolio at an intimate tasting and lunch with Clyde May’s grandson, LC May. On deck for our tasting pleasure was the award-winning Alabama Style Whiskey, Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and Straight Rye Whiskey.

Clyde May's Whiskey

The 85-proof Alabama Style Whiskey is made using a mash bill consisting of corn, rye, and malted barley. It is aged 6-7 years in caramel-charred oak barrels and finished with a hint of apple. It is the closest to the original Clyde May moonshine from 1946 which featured baked apples to the barrels at the end of the distillation process. The intensely bronze-hued spirit is a medium-bodied spirit with hints of black pepper, anise, and oak. You will pick up distinct notes of caramel, green apple, and fruits on the nose. The original definitely packs a punch and you’ll love how smoothly it evens out. That’s why in 2004, it became Alabama’s official state spirit.

Clyde May's Whiskey

The 92-proof Bourbon Whiskey is aged 4-5 years in 53-gallon oak barrels and is non-chill filtered. It boasts a slightly reddish bronze hue and starts out very soft and smooth but finishes bold and spicy with a lingering presence.

The 94-proof Rye Whiskey is an earthy golden brown and the most intensely flavored of the three whiskeys. It boasts an abundance of floral, fruit, and spices that presents themselves in layers. The crisp zest of citrus is the first thing we tasted, with a robust spiciness following shortly. A full-bodied whiskey with a dry and peppery finish.

During the tasting, we enjoyed two classic whiskey cocktails – a Manhattan and Old Fashioned, accompanied by a savory Grilled Branzino which paired wonderfully with our Clyde May’s Straight Rye Whiskey-based Old Fashion. The fennel and grapefruit vinaigrette in dish perfectly accented the spices and citrus in the straight rye.

It was such a pleasure to learn about the interesting history of Clyde May’s Whiskey; how the brand fully embraces and celebrates his creator’s past and his family. From its birth from moonshine to Clyde May’s arrest for bootlegging, and of course his farmland in Conecuh Ridge.

If you’re looking for an award-winning whiskey that celebrates its American history, look no further than Clyde May’s whiskey.

Four Roses Bourbon for Valentine’s Day

We’ve always found the alluring, dark hue of bourbon whiskey quite sensuous; as if there are many fascinating secrets to be found behind its translucid amber tones. So when we were approached to come up with a Valentine’s Day cocktail recipe featuring the aptly named Four Roses Bourbon Small Batch Whiskey (you can’t really enjoy valentine’s day without roses), we jumped at the chance to dive into the allure of this spirit.

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Four Roses Bourbon Small Batch Whiskey is known for a palate that bears a hint of cherry, so we knew we wanted to enhance that hint with a cocktail where cherries were the starlet of our little tasty production. We also wanted to amp up the spiciness a little with a little ginger. The result was an irresistible success (we think so anyway, at least, based on our drink count), an enhanced sensory overload for the tongue and nose (it looks pretty darn sexy too). So without further ado, we present our Four Roses

Four Roses Cherry Seduction

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1oz Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
1oz cherry juice
1/2 oz amaretto
1/2 oz ginger brandy
2 oz cherry cola
5 maraschino cherries
Muddle the five cherries at the bottom of the glass, then add ice. In a cocktail shaker add Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon, cherry juice, amaretto and ginger brandy (we recommend Hiram Walker Ginger Brandy but feel free to find your own favorite). Pour over ice, top it off with the cherry cola and stir. Add additional cherries as a garnish if desired.

We hope we’ve left you with a new, enjoyable cocktail to add to your drink list for this Valentine’s Day, and beyond. We certainly enjoyed making this Four Roses Bourbon Cherry Seduction cocktail. Whether you’re enjoying it with your partner, your single girlfriends, or solo, you’ll love the smooth, spicy, and sweet taste of this cocktail.

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Tell us what you think of our Four Roses Bourbon Valentine’s Day cocktail, do you think we have a winning recipe? To see other recipes and learn more about Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon, click www.fourrosesbourbon.com.

Once Again, It’s Whisky Weather: Four Roses Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky

Ahh Fall weather is here!  The lovely crisp weather, the leaves beautifully changing color, the dressing in cozy layers once again and the oncoming excitement of the holiday seasons are here.  Then the alarm on your phone goes off.  Suddenly you realize that the crisp weather will mean the seasonal calling of the heating oil guy again.  Those so-called leaves mean you have to get out the old rake on what would’ve been a restful Saturday morning again.  The cozy layers may not fit after a couple of seasons in the closet so it’s time to go shopping again.  Finally, questions of ‘who’s house’, ‘who’s bringing what’ and ‘how many gifts do I have to buy this year’ creep in to make Thanksgiving more of a chore to feed the greedy and the December holidays a burden on your credit cards.

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There can always be positives and negatives with anything.  However, isn’t it quite interesting how a great cocktail can be the perfect remedy to commemorate a wonderful day or to salvage a horrible one?  So when faced with the annoying task of clearing the yard of a million acorns or grumbling that it’s too early for the seasonal cashmere to be on sale, find some way to cope with the inevitable.  Lemons make lemonade.

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Now save some of those lemons for a real cocktail.  While many attribute whisky to the South and Ireland, this cosmopolitan New York guy says whisky is year round, but especially relevant in the Fall.  Why?  Hot toddies!  They’re that deliciously soothing comfort food in drink form that gratifyingly sneaks up on you with its warm spicy and fragrant kick.  For my inaugural hot toddy of the season, I’ve chosen the wonderfully crafted Four Roses Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky.

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Four Roses has been creating their award-winning whiskies for over a century from their home in Louisville, Kentucky.  Their Small Batch Whisky is handcrafted from a combination of four of their select bourbons for a unique and distinct homegrown flavor hence the moniker of Small Batch.  The result creates an excellent hot toddy since Four Roses Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky has a naturally spicy and woodsy flavor with a bit of sweet that when added to the ingredients for a hot toddy make a flavor profile that is very satisfying. Check out the simple hot toddy recipe using Four Roses Small Batch.  With each sip try not to take Fall and everything that will ensue from it so seriously.

Classic Hot Toddy

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 ounce Four Roses Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky

1 tablespoon honey
½ ounce lemon juice
cup hot water
Cinnamon stick or lemon wheel for garnish
Combined the first four ingredients into the bottom of a warmed mug.  If desired, garnish with the cinnamon stick or lemon.

Side note:  You’ll really be satisfied with using Four Roses Small Batch for your hot toddy.  The notes lend themselves so harmoniously to a spicy hot toddy.  Also, you’ll want to get the big bottle since a great hot toddy is so smooth and comforting, you’ll reach the bottom of the mug before you know it so better quadruple up on the ingredients and make a whole carafe.  You’ll thank me later!

Four Roses Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky is available now at your finer liquor, wine and spirits retailers and as always please remember to drink responsibly.

Smooth & Sweet | William Wolf Pecan Bourbon Whiskey

Is Bourbon slowly and deliciously taking over our heart and glasses? We can’t help but notice a surge in the amount of people enjoying the barrel-aged distilled spirit which left us wondering if we will be this trend increase as the year goes on (we all know a Bourbon neat is perfect during the cold winter months) but will you be enjoying this dark spirit as the summer rolls on into fall? We had the pleasure of enjoying a unique Bourbon that has us convinced this number will increase. Thanks to Filthy Gorgeous, we got to attend a William Wolf Speakeasy Day Party, where the Pecan-flavored Bourbon continuously flowed to our delight.

After uttering the secret password, guests were rescued from the too-bright outdoors and whisked into the dark and sultry Chez Jacqueline for a day celebrating the Tribeca Film festival with hors d’oeuvres, fun and laughter, and bespoke William Wolf Pecan Bourbon Whiskey cocktails.

The premium aged Bourbon is the original pecan bourbon. Produced in small batches in Kentucky, this deliciously addicted intoxicant boasts natural flavors from real pecans and 100% natural maple syrup that is equally seductive straight up or in a cocktail. Whiskey enthusiasts will fall in love with its bold, dark taste, while non-whiskey drinkers will fall under the spell of its smooth and sweet pecan flavor. If you’ve never tried a Bourbon Whiskey, start with the William Wolf Pecan Bourbon Whiskey. We had the pleasure of meeting the man behind the absolutely delicious Bourbon and praised him on it’s distinctive taste, uniqueness and the ability to capture our hearts….. we don’t drink whiskey but we count this Bourbon Whiskey as a favorite.