Dale’s Wheels Through Time Tour It truly is a museum that runs! We were able to hear a 1932 Ford Dirt Track Racer roar to life(in the vid). Plus, a few other vintage bikes(not in the vid). The amount of vehicles are amazing, one offs, rare Harleys, Indians, and one of the rarest bikes on the planet. The 1916 Traub! What luck! The American Motor Drome Company / Wall of Death Thrillshow was putting on their last show there. It was sensational!
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On this #whiskeyventure we are up in Maggie Valley NC and check out Elevated Mountain Distilling. We get a tour with the owner Dave Angel. We get to taste Dave’s yet to be released Bourbon right from the barrel coming in at about 110 proof. I can say that we can’t wait for it to be bottled! They took over a dinner theatre, yanked out the stage clear to the basement to put in their massive still. To keep this place rockin’ they have live music every weekend and that kick ass still is the back drop. Along with their current Whiskey, Purchase Knob they also have Hurricane Creek Vodka and Shinning Rock Moonshine. If you’re in the area, take the tour, sample the spirits and hang around for the live music.
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We found out the Clyde May was indeed a real person. A WWII vet who earned the bronze star and purple heart and came back to his farm and started distilling moonshine as a side hustle. He was known for his impeccable standards, making his own stills and priding himself on the quality of his shine. He did some jail time in the 70’s for it but when released went right back to it. He made a “Christmas Whiskey” which was unaged corn shine in a charred barrel with some toasted apple slices that he gave away to family, friends and valued customers. He said it smoothed it out and made it more palatable and this is what is son Kenny May after his death took to make legit. Still not being able to be distilled in Alabama because of Prohibition laws still on the books he had to go to Kentucky where Even Kulsveen from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers and created the juice from the trucked up water and grains to produce the first 4000 bottles of Conecuh Ridge Whiskey. Clyde never sold a bottle legally and is famous for saying that “it’s better to break laws than cut corners”. Today it is the official drink of Alabama and his grandson L.C. May is the brand ambassador.
We started off with the Straight Bourbon coming in at 92 proof/46% abv and right off the rip Erik nosed apples, fruit, heavy alcoholy not an overpowerful ethanol while Kris nosed spice, cinnamon and fruit. Jarrod thought this was sweeter than the Alabama style. On the palate Kris thought it was full bodied, packed with flavor and all around good juice while Erik thought it was more ryey and did not get a lot of grain coming through. For the Alabama style coming in at a little less abv of 42.5%/85 proof Kris could definitely smell the apple especially after a little swirl and agitation, along with a spice. Don’t expect an apple whiskey, it just has a subtle hint that makes it enjoyable. On the palate Kris said it was creamy, with a little spice and smooth. While Erik said it was thick on your tongue. Jarrod said it was tabaccoey, bold and a nice bite at the end. We all agreed that Clyde May’s is a great whiskey and bourbon. Don’t pass it by and definitely pick some up next time you’re at your local liquor store!
Kris gave the Original Alabama Style a 8.0 and Straight Bourbon 8.0
Erik gave gave the Original Alabama Style a 7.8 and Straight Bourbon 8.0
How much: A bottle of Original Alabama Style will run you about 35 dollars and now Costco carrys it! The Straight Bourbon Whiskey is around 40 dollars.
Other products by Clyde May’s – Straight Bourbon 5yr, 110 proof, Special Reserve 110 proof, Cask Strength 12yr, and Straight Rye Whiskey
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Clark, a good friend of ours suggested we pick up a bottle of Clyde Mays’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey and when we decided to review it we picked the Original Alabama Style too. Why not, two bottles are always better than one, right? We find out that Clyde May’s isn’t just another pretty face on the liquor store shelf. Like many brands they have a great back story which is what sells the initial bottle but the quality of the juice is what keeps you coming back for more. We dive into a little bit of the history of Clyde May who was a real person, the WWII veteran, moonshiner and jailbird. His son makes it legit and his grandson is the brand ambassador. As we’re reviewing the neighbor’s son shows up and gets sucked into our whiskey review and gives his “not a whiskey drinker” opinion. We had a great time, checkout the review and see what we thought, how we rated it and if it gets our stamp of approval. Special thanks to Jarrod for reviewing with us.
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Mash Bill Small Batch: 75% corn, 15% rye, 10% barley – it’s technically undisclosed but we found a place that posted it so…
Mash Bill Sweet Wheat: 75% corn, 15% Wheat, 10% malted barley – again undisclosed and this just our guess base on the info above
The Small batch came in at 93.7 proof while Sweet Wheat considerably less at 91.2. Being released from Barton Distillery that has been around since 1879 started by Thomas S. Moore and today is the oldest functioning distillery in Bardstown Kentucky. Interestingly the 1792 line started in 2002 and took it’s name for when Kentucky became a state. Originally it was named Ridgewood Reserve 1792 but Brown Forman was not happy about that because of their Woodford Reserve and then took them to court on the basis that the name was too similar and they won. So, they changed the name to 1792 Ridgemont Reserve and came with an 8 year statement. Still not good enough, they dropped the Ridgemont Reserve, kept 1792 and added Small Batch. They also dropped the age statement. Since then 1792 has made a name for itself and is the flagship premium brand for Barton Distillery. Here are a few other brands they make: Very Old Barton(which shows up in our video) Tom Moore, Kentucky Gentleman, Kentucky Tavern, Zachariah Harris and also made a deal with CostCo to create a Small Batch CostCo bottle for them. At the distillery they have 29 barrel aging warehouses, 22 other buildings, still and the Tom Moore Spring. They did run into a bit of bad luck in March of 2019 when the lost 120,000 gallons of would be bourbon after an equipment failure and half a warehouse collapsed.
Kris thought that on the nose 1792 Small Batch was fruity with a hint of berries, on the finish a little strong with a char oaky flavor. The addition of the ice cube is what it needed and brought more flavors and made it more palatable. Erik to thought it was fruity on the nose but not very oaky on the finish and said it was great and fantastic. Kris was reserving judgement until the Sweet Wheat was opened and on the nose it definitely more subtle. Not as fruity and more sugary. On the finish Kris thought it was sweeter, lighter and you could taste the wheat verse the high rye. Also much smoother. Erik thought just the opposite and thought that Sweet Wheat on the finish was stronger and on the nose agreed it was sweeter. In the end we both picked Sweet Wheat as our favorite but disagreed on whether is was worth a secondary price tag of 100. Kris said that he’d probably shell out the Benjamin where Erik would not especially knowing msrp is 35 and the most he’d pay is 40. In the end we both agreed that we’d keep 1792 in stock in our bar and Kris would be hiding the Sweet Wheat.
Kris gave the Small Batch a 6.5 and Sweet Wheat 7.5
Erik gave Small Batcha6.5and Sweet Wheat6.8
How much: A bottle of 1792 Small Batch is pretty easy to find and usually around 30 dollars but Sweet Wheat is a bit harder to find. MSRP is 35 dollars but you’ll find it on the secondary market for around 100 dollars up to 120.
Other products by 1792: Full Proof, Bottle in Bond, Port Finished, High Rye and a line of Thomas Moore
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This time Erik does something amazing. He actually holds onto a bottle without opening it for a review. So Kris puts his 1792 Small Batch up against Erik’s 1792 Sweet Wheat. We give a little history of Barton Distillery over in Bardstown Kentucky and found out that 1792 is relatively new coming out in 2002. Plus, it went through a name change because of Brown Forman. Check it out and see how we rate both of these bottles and at the end Kris has a little surprise for Erik, a couple of other Barton’s to taste.
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In July we attended the first annual Jax Bourbon Social to fight MS. Not only did we get show up and drink whiskey, we were also fortunate to contribute along so many other generous bourbon lovers. This all took place at Manifest Distilling headquarters in down town Jacksonville, FL where you could catch Whistlepig, Grey Matter Distilling, Ezra Brooks and Four Roses aplenty for your sampling pleasure. Over $23,000 was raised in the effort to eradicate MS. Easy to say that a great time was had by all.
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