This is the whiskey Bill Samuels, Sr. would serve his personal guests at the distillery – fully matured and bottled at 101-proof for a bolder presentation of that signature sweet, spicy nose and rich, creamy mouthfeel. Most recently, it was available exclusively at Duty Free shops and back home in Kentucky. I suppose we have 2020 to thank for the decision to share this high-octane whiskey with a larger market. It’s hard to say whether this will still be available to us once the distillery really starts welcoming back visitors, so better get your bottles in now!
Travel fewer than sixty miles from Louisville, through the gorgeous green landscape, and you’ll arrive at a distillery with a reputation that dwarfs its footprint. Maker’s Mark has been putting its stamp on the world of whiskey since Bill Samuels Sr. bought the old Burks Distillery in 1953, though it didn’t really reach icon status until the mid-2000s. The brand’s signature red-wax top and square bottle are unmistakable tractor beams that draw whiskey lovers in droves. With a reputation for quality and consistency, their small batch production has changed little over the years, with the introduction of just two new products in the last decade. Our recent visit to the distillery served as our reminder that this is one hell of a whiskey.