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.
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This is day 7 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
- Day 5, Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Westport Whiskey and Wine 10th Anniversary
- Day 6, Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Big Red Liquors Selection
Distiller: Maker’s Mark
Bottler: Maker’s Mark
ABV: 55.1% ABV
Stave Code: 0 | 0 | 3 | 4 | 3
Nose: Clove, nougat, toffee. Fruity orange zest and freshly baked cake batter.
Taste: Medium mouth feel. Honey, clove, caramel. Not a lot of oak, lightly citrus forward – like orange. Light vanilla. Not light in the ethanol department though. Very hot, especially compared to its peers.
Finish: Long but hot and spicy. Pepper, clove, cardamom. Orange peel is there with some cocoa but it’s very hot compared to a lot of other selections.
Overall: This was nice, but entirely too hot for it’s own good.
Reveal: Big Red Liquors Selection. This was interesting, reveal wise. Typically, in the past, I have really enjoyed Big Red’s selections, but I don’t think our palates are really well aligned on this one. Not the end of the world!
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