Our own selection from the relatively new addition to the Maker’s Mark lineup, this is a fresh take on a beloved, signature whiskey. It starts life as a fully matured, cask strength Maker’s Mark before 10 custom wood finishing staves are added to create an entirely new expression.
A highlight of every barrel selection trip is the unique process at Maker’s Mark that gives us a say in which staves are added. The latest selection was produced by finishing Maker’s elixir with 10 staves from 5 flavor profiles:
Baked American Pure - 3
Seared French Cuvee - 2
Maker's 46 - 2
Roasted French Mocha - 1
Toasted French Spice - 2
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.