In 1946, before the craft whiskey boom, Clyde May revolutionized the art of whiskey-making by crafting a unique style of whiskey that resulted in unparalleled smoothness and richness. Clyde May, the Alabama born and bred moonshiner, figured much on his own, including how to keep bourbon barrels hidden from the law. He liked to use big ol’ piles of sawdust to bury his prized barrels until they were ready to tap. Kind of happy accident then, but he learned that piling saw dust on the barrels helped the maturation process. In fact, while the booze stayed hidden, it got a little toastier and more flavorful along the way.
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