Thursday, October 1, 2015

Limited Edition, 110 Proof: Clyde May's Whiskey Debuts Special Reserve

imageSILVER HILL, Ala., Oct. 1, 2015  This fall, Clyde May's is launching a Special Reserve whiskey, the first line extension in the brand's history, which will be available for sale in limited quantity. Clyde May's Special Reserve reflects the same heritage that made Clyde May's the official State Spirit of Alabama.

Clyde May's Special Reserve is based on original recipes created by Clyde himself. Three distinct higher-proof Alabama-style whiskies were created to characterize the best features of five to six year-old bourbon stock. The bourbon is aged up to six years and finished non-cold filtered with a slight hint of apple, in the Alabama style. The final liquid was bottled at 110 proof, and will be available in different lots, each exhibiting subtle variation and tasting notes.

Over the past year, Clyde May's Whiskey has also implemented a program that allows retail partners to create bespoke editions of Clyde May's Special Reserve, drawing from a selection of hand-selected barrels. These barrels were organized into three distinct lots. The lots reflect the finest expressions of Clyde May's Whiskey and can be mixed by retail partners according to taste. Clyde May's intends to expand this program in the coming years.

Ron Call – a highly regarded whiskey veteran with more than 40 years' experience – partnered with Clyde May's in the development of Clyde May's Special Reserve. He has also been involved in the development of Clyde May's 85 proof whiskey. Call has had a long, productive relationship with Clyde May's and has taken on additional duties as Whiskey Master. Call's rigorous attention to quality and consistency will maintain the iconic legacy of Clyde May and his whiskey.

"One of the features that has pleasantly surprised people who've tasted Special Reserve is its smoothness," said Ron Call, Whiskey Master, Clyde May's Whiskey. "At the 110-proof level, there can be an expectation that the liquid is going to knock your head back. But the Alabama-style finish just smooths it out – it's almost counterintuitive. And our retail partners are having great fun creating their own versions of Special Reserve based on the expressions we're providing. It's not common that whiskey brands permit that sort of tailoring and our partners love it."

Beginning in October, Special Reserve will be available for purchase nationwide and online for $70. Online retail locations where Special Reserve will be available include Caskers, Binny's Beverage Depot and Total Wine & More.

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