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 5 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
- Day 3, Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Crown 1.1 Selection
- Day 4, Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Liquor Barn #7 Selection
Distiller: Maker’s Mark
Bottler: Maker’s Mark
ABV: 55.7% ABV
Stave Code: 1 | 3 | 1 | 1 | 4
Nose: Honey, oats, confectioners sugar. Malty and sweet. Very rich, loaded with tobacco.
Taste: Sweet and rich mouth feel. Very mild heat. Graham Cracker, honey, toffee, toasted marshmallow. Creamy vanilla bean. Really decadent.
Finish: Long, rich, and loaded with tobacco, plum and lots of those dessert notes from the palate.
Overall: Really impressive selection from a solid store on the market. This one show cased a lot of vibrant dessert notes, that marshmallow and graham cracker was really enjoyable. The finish was especially nice, also.
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