Clyde May’s Cask Strength 10 Year Old Bourbon
When Alabama moonshiner Clyde May needed to keep his then-illicit barrels of homemade bourbon hidden from the law, he buried them under huge piles of sawdust. Necessity, as it often does, begat innovation as May realized that the whiskey inside the barrels became toastier and more flavorful while it rested under the piles. From this historic process comes Clyde May’s Cask Strength Straight Bourbon, aged 10 years and bottled at an intense 117 proof, from the Alabama-based distiller, which has been making whiskey since 1946, and marketing it legally since 2001. A limited release of only 3,500 bottles, it offers notes of caramel, chocolate and almonds and a long, rich finish.