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 2 of the series. There are 13 days total. Here are the previous days in case you missed them.
- Day 1, Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Mexi Cali Mocha Selection
- Day 2, Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Total Wine and More Selection
Distiller: Maker’s Mark
Bottler: Maker’s Mark
ABV: 55.05% ABV
Stave Code: 0 | 2 | 0 | 6 | 2
Nose: Sweet and musty. Sawdust, nutty peanut brittle. Faint cocoa. Light caramel.
Taste: Medium mouth feel. Lots of honey. Mild heat. Sweet confectioners sugar, sweet caramel with a great oak body. Some tobacco and pepper as well.
Finish: Short and hot. A bit too oaky here, with a good bit of vanilla bean and dry pepper.
Overall: This was nice until the finish, which became a hair too oaky for me.
Reveal: Ooh, super interesting. I haven’t had a Crown so far. This pick is heading back in the right direction, I think despite some wavering in the finish. That nutty peanut brittle in the nose was delicious, and I enjoyed the palate also.
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