Veteran Bourbon Review: Clyde May’s Special Reserve


Conecuh Ridge Distillery

Mash bill



6 Years


110 Proof


MSRP $67, Purchase Price $67 (2023)

Official Product Website

History – “Clyde May defines ‘True Grit.’ Born to a single mother shortly before the Great Depression, Clyde was raised in a time and place that required a dose of resilience and character, traits that would become a hallmark of the man and his whiskey. Clyde May proudly served in the Army’s 77th Infantry Division during World War II. He earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart while commanding a 12-man rifle squad. Clyde’s misfortune of being wounded in battle turned into a pretty good thing for whiskey-loving Conecuh Ridge locals. Clyde had known a thing or two now about crafting the finest spirits around, even if his methods were slightly outside the laws of the land. He created his own unique style of whiskey, which he called “Alabama-style whiskey,” using a recipe he perfected in the 1940s. His high standards and commitment to quality cemented his reputation as the “most-wanted” moonshiner in Alabama, if not the country. In 2001, Clyde May’s son revived his father’s recipe and began producing the whiskey legally”- Clyde May’s

Value – Little high in my opinion, however I would still purchase this Special Reserve again.

Appearance – The shape and size is quite similar to the Single Barrel. I like the red label with the gold wording.

Nose – Oak / Caramel / Citrus / Clove

Palate – Maple Syrup / Caramel / Medium Oak / Medium Length

Finish – Long / Low-Medium Heat / Oak / citrus

Summary – In summary, This is a really good bourbon that I enjoyed reviewing. It is high in oak, clove and a few other things that make for a good pour.

“If you are looking to add a quality bottle to your collection, then look no further. This bottle will not disappoint, I am happy with the overall results from this review.

Eric Watkins


Uniqueness- 1-10 – 7

Appearance- 1-10 – 9

Nose- 1-20 – 16

Palate- 1-20 – 15

Finish- 1-20 – 17

Value- 1-20 – 13

Reviewed by:

Eric Watkins on 07/29/2023

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