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Clyde Mays Rye

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  • Distiller:

    MGP

  • Bottler:

    Clyde May's

  • ABV:

    47%

  • Age:

    4 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 83
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: A big finish offers more sweetness and lingering brown sugar, with a spice that kicks in on at the tail end.
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Clyde May’s Bourbon has a nice balance, especially to the aroma with the sweet and rustic notes aligning nicely.
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  • Raided Score: 81
  • Publication: Drink Hacker
  • Excerpt: It’s all certainly approachable, if rather simplistic — and more than a little overpriced for what’s in the bottle.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: If you’re hankering to try something new or looking for that classic Indiana Rye profile, I would definitely recommend picking up a bottle.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: This one has nice tasting notes but is a bit hard to handle, and is a bit too sweet for a cask strength whiskey.
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  • Raided Score: 71
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Generally unremarkable, this rye should work fine for cocktailing, although I find it to be a notable departure from MGP's house style of spice forward ryes.
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  • Raided Score: 71
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: Its higher proof allows for a nice variation in flavors to come forward. However in this case, the variation in flavors can come across as unbalanced and don’t play as well against the youthful undertone that are found throughout.
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  • Intro:

    Aged at least 4 years, Clyde Mays rye whiskey is produced by the Conecuh Ridge Distillery. Murky labeling would have you believe it's distilled there, but the base spirit actually was distilled in Indiana, by MGP. Therefore, we once more have an Indiana rye, being bottled by this Florida operation. Bottled at 47% ABV, with non-chill filtering being noted on the labeling. Let's dive in.

  • Nose:

    Sweet and buttery, not rye like at all on the nose. Interesting.

  • Taste:

    Peanut butter candies and toffee pairs with a thin mouthfeel, honey and cream, praline and banana. Interesting fruity, fudge-y, sweet, not spicy

  • Finish:

    Short finish, a bit hot for 4 years.

  • Overall:

    Generally unremarkable, this rye should work fine for cocktailing, although I find it to be a notable departure from MGP's house style of spice forward ryes.

  • Score:

    4

  • By t8ke
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