The Schtick: Maker’s Mark, one of the larger producers of bourbon in Kentucky, produces wheated bourbon that is sold both domestically and abroad. Until recent years, Maker’s only produced a small handful of products. In the last couple of years, though, products like Maker’s Mark 46 and Maker’s Mark Cask Strength have seen domestic releases. A major criticism of the brand, though, was the absence of a barrel selection program in favor of wax dipped limited editions. That has now changed.
A barrel selection at Maker’s Mark is unique, though, in that you choose a combination of staves to mature in a barrel, and that barrel is bottled. This is different from almost any other barrel selection process on the market. For better or for worse, this creates a very different product than their core line of expressions. I’ve set out to try approximately a dozen of these various private selections, completely blind, to gather my thoughts on how their releases are shaking out.
This is day 1 of the series. There are 13 days total.
Distiller: Maker’s Mark
Bottler: Maker’s Mark
ABV: 55.1% ABV
Stave Code: 1 | 0 | 0 | 5 | 4
Nose: Caramel, parchment paper, light cocoa. Nutty toffee, cherry and confectioners sugar.
Taste: Medium mouth feel. Very little heat. Honey, almonds, light amaretto. Musty tobacco, clove and a nice cherry note.
Finish: Medium in length, the heat is subdued, but faintly present. Clove, pepper, tobacco and caramel dominate here with some light fruitiness.
Overall: Really nice. Much more complex than I was expecting. Very nice blend of sweet and musty older bourbon notes with some younger fruitier components as well.
Reveal: Mexi Cali Mocha Selection!
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