We have 3 brand new bottles from @ClydeMaysWhiskey to review and what better way to review it than with Clyde’s grandson LC May! Hear first hand stories of the hard working man from rural Alabama that served in WWII. After the war, started making high quality moonshine to supplement his income to take care of his wife and eight kids. The kind of man we need more of these days, hard working, take nothing for granted and put 100% in everything you do. LC brings a single barrel for us to sample along with their Straight Bourbon 110 Special Reserve and then finish it off with their newly released Straight Rye. Find out about the family tradition that LC is trying to avoid, why he would fight tooth and nail for their Rye, their new distillery that might be Right here in Jacksonville Florida we visited Four Fathers Distillery and met with owner/distiller Tim Daniels. There is a lot that goes on behind those doors, there is a laboratory where all sorts of experiments are enacted to find the answer on how to make the best bourbon. Being a chemist Tim is right at home in this space, he worked for Bacardi for 25 years and has a passion for spirits. We got to see the rest of the operation, still and bottling, but in Sedan Kansas is where Gunnar’s Bourbon is going to be made. In a turn of the century building, new stills are going in and Kansas is the biggest wheat producer in the United States so it only makes sense to have your wheated bourbon made there. Then it was time for our favorite part, the tasting. We sat at the distillery bar, set up the cameras and let Tim do the pouring. Both of his sons are in the business and Mat joined us for the sampling experience. Tim tells us more about his process and what goes into Gunnar’s Wheated Bourbon consisting of 34% soft and hard winter wheat for that’s smooth on the palate. Then we dive into the Oxbox coming in at 120 proof and at 95% corn. Mat tells us that him and his brother Tim will be running things up in Kansas. Like Tim says, what other job can you have liquor bottles on your desk. Check out what we thought, see the distillery and learn more about Gunnar’s Bourbon.
Who makes it? Barrell Bourbon
Where it’s from: Barrels from all over the country
When it Started: in 2012 by Joe and Jan Beatrice, first bottle hit shelves in 2014
It is a sourced and blended bourbon that every autumn they create a very special blend of bourbons to toast the year to come. Kris and his cousin Jason each have a bottle. Jason picked up 2021 and Kris was out and about and seen New Year 2022 and decided to pick that up and proposed a head to head challenge.
New Year 2021 is a blend of 5, 9, 10, and 11-year old straight Bourbon Whiskeys distilled in KY, TN, IN, NY, TX, WY, CO crafted and bottled in Kentucky
Nice on the nose, the proof is not showing through at 113.9 and doesn’t singe the nose hairs. Moderate sugary sweet, with a little citrus and nutty on the palate. Kind of a sneaky heat. Goes down smooth and then the heat builds. With a cube it knocks down the heat making it smoother and brings more flavors and we both agree this benefits from the cube.
Off the nose, butterscotch comes through and smells sweeter than 2021. On the palate comes in sweeter and after ice the sweetness continues but we agree on the 2022 is better without ice.
These New Year bottles from Barrell Bourbon will cost you about $100 a piece, but we both agree that they are worth it. Pick one up and let us know what you think!
We have 3 brand new bottles from @ClydeMaysWhiskey to review and what better way to review it than with Clyde’s grandson LC May! Hear first hand stories of the hard working man from rural Alabama that served in WWII. After the war, started making high quality moonshine to supplement his income to take care of his wife and eight kids. The kind of man we need more of these days, hard working, take nothing for granted and put 100% in everything you do. LC brings a single barrel for us to sample along with their Straight Bourbon 110 Special Reserve and then finish it off with their newly released Straight Rye. Find out about the family tradition that LC is trying to avoid, why he would fight tooth and nail for their Rye, their new distillery that might be open July of next year in Troy, Alabama and most of all find out why Clyde May gave a damn!
Who makes it? Currently sourced for Indiana
Mashbill: Bourbon – 78% corn, 12% rye, and 10% barley
Rye – 95% rye, 5% malted barley
Where it’s from: Bottled by Conecuh Ridge Distillery
When it Started: 2002 officially but Clyde May has been distilling since 1946
He was unlike a lot of moonshiners in the area, since his reputation was attached to every bottle he produced it had to be of the utmost quality. He never sold a legal bottle of whiskey but in 2002 his son Kenny wanted to bring his father’s whiskey to the market legally and so the journey began. Now, the grandson of Clyde May, LC is the face of the company and even stopped in and shot a video with us giving first hand accounts and everything that goes into making Clyde May’s Whiskey.
The first bottle we taste is the Single Barrel Straight Bourbon 102 proof. It pleases the nose right out of the glass, a few baking notes and sweetness. On the finish, it lets you know you drank something. A little bit of the heat but still goes down smooth. Definitely something to pick up if you can find it. It’ll cost you about $50.
The second bottle is the Straight Bourbon 110 Special Reserve that won double gold at the San Francisco competition. We did more talking that tasting but it did have different profile that the single barrel but has a much bolder aspect to it and this one easier to find. This will run you about $60.
The last bottle was their Straight Rye Whiskey with mint on the nose, finishes of smooth with Erik saying it is different, different. A good rye to add to your whiskey cabinet. This comes in about $40
A solid showing by Clyde May’s and thoroughly enjoyed each bottle, with Kris’ fav leaning toward the 110 special reserve and Erik going for Straight Rye.
Who makes it? Green River Distilling
Mashbill: 75% corn, 4% barley, and 21% rye
Where it’s from: Dover, New Hampshire
When it Started: 2020
Mark Saunders turned a hobby into whiskey company. Previously and Enterprise IT salesman covering clients in Kentucky. Avid member of the local bourbon community, selected barrel for groups and liquor stores. Then he bought barrels that were the birth year of his 4 children.
We get to hang with good friends Jax Bourbon Social, Warriors and Whiskey, and Tuesday’s Creations. Andy from Jax Bourbon Social brings the New England bottles including the event pick.
For the single barrel you get honey, vanilla, backing spice and straw. With the addition of ice brings out the sweetness and leather notes. We all agree this one is better with a cube.
The pick is a 7yr, 114 proof pick just for the JBS and it was awesome! On the nose, black licorice, and heat. For the taste it is full body, smooth, green apple, red apple and cinnamon.
The single barrel can be picked up for around $54 while the pick, which is only available from JBS, will run you about $100 and they only have a few bottles left!
A #whiskeykrew review with good friends Jax Bourbon Social and Warriors and Whiskey hosted at Tuesday’s Creations poolside bar. Jax Bourbon Social breaks out the single barrel and then the barrel pick from their event this summer of New England Barrel Company. You’re getting a review from 8 people all at once! Like Andy says, “this is what bourbon is all about, bringing people together”. See what we think, find out more about these two amazing groups and what they do. Such a good time, let us know what you think. Follow all three of these awesome groups.
Did you miss our Whiskey on the Rocks event? Well, we finally got around to getting all the footage together along with awesome drone video from Randy Johnson and you can see what you missed! Thanks again to all that made it out and we loved The Backwater Jam comment, “there’s more damn whiskey on this hill than the law will allow, son!” It was a bit sketchy because of Ian but we turned it out with the help of Von Payne Whiskey, Manifest Distilling, Sagamore Spirit, Gunnar’s Bourbon, Golden Ox Liquors Normandy, Hillary’s Chicago Pizza, montedeleoncigars, Tuesdays Creations, Barrell Craft Spirits, Luca Mariano Distillery, Redneck Riviera, Laws Whiskey House for the ultimate post hurricane party!
Went on a #whiskeyventure to Armature Works in Tampa Florida for the Piggyback Bourbon Launch. Only four of these Sugar Shack events are happening throughout the country so we HAD to make it to Tampa! The Shack was serving old fashioneds on one side and bourbon sours on the other both with the Whistlepig Maple Syrup. We were able to get into the Shack and talked to the Whistlepig Rep. Ingrid who gave us a rundown on the Pig and later we caught up with her at the second part of the event at the Barrymore Hotel for the Pig Roast & Bourbon Launch. Kris was able to get a quick interview with Ingrid and she brought the goods, we talked whiskey while sippin’ on the new 4th edition Whistlepig 18 year that is finished in Pedro Ximenez casks for an unbelievable finish! Check out the vid, let us know what you think of this incredible event!
Jack Daniels Master Distiller Series No.2 with JD SBBP and Luke!
We met a fellow whiskey enthusiast at a couple of our events named Luke Gardner. He said he has a few special bottles he’s been holding onto and he’d love to hang and review one of them. Well, Luke brought both and let us choose. Jess Motlow was our choice so we get into a little bit of history of Jess, what he did for Jack Daniel’s and how he arguably had the hardest go of it trying to Jack Daniel’s through prohibition, which he did. Then we get on with the tasting, not a bad pour, went down smooth but dissipated quickly. Kris brought a surprise in the new #whiskeyventure back pack, a bottle of JD Single Barrel Barrel Proof just to see how it would match up.
Who makes it? Jack Daniel’s
Mashbill: 80% corn, 12% barley, and 8% rye
Where it’s from: Lynchburg, Tennessee
When it Started: 2012
We met Luke at a few of our events, being a fellow whiskey enthusiast he offered one of prized bottles for a review. We took him up on it and Luke dropped by with 2 bottles from the Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Series. Jess Motlow the second distiller was chosen plus Kris had a surprise in his #whiskeyventure backpack.
A little background, Jack Daniel passed away in 1991 and left the distillery to his two nephews Lem Motlow and Richard Daniel. Lem bought out Richards interest and was more interested in running the company so he put his brother Jess in charge of the distilling. The brothers made it through World War I, Prohibition(being one of the few that a medical license to distill and sell whiskey, and WWII. Lem died in 1947 and his brother Jess retired soon after. The company then went to Lem’s 4 sons that held onto the company for 9 years and then sold it to Brown-Forman for 20 million dollars!
Popping it open, it was easy on the nose. A little heat for Kris with a little sweetness to it. Erik said it didn’t smell like Jack and actually nosed like a good bourbon. On the finish Kris said that for an 86 proof whiskey he could feel the bite but dissipated quickly. Erik thought it was hotter than expected and thought the same that the flavor went away quickly. Luke was pleasantly surprised and found it refreshing. He liked that fact that the finish went away quick because he was ready for another sip faster.
Adding the ice smoothed it out some and brought the sweet flavors, where Erik got a maple flavor and Luke could taste honey. Kris felt it definitely brought the sweetness and could taste a little more of the char.
All in all it was a decent bottle and for 40 bucks but if you check the net you’ll find it all over the price scale. From 60 dollars on up to 400!