Review #982 – Maker’s Mark Private Selection, K&L Wines Selection

Review # | Bourbon Review # – Maker’s Mark Private Selection, K&L Wines Selection

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 10 of the series. There are 15 days total. Here are the previous days in case you missed them.

Distiller: Maker’s Mark

Bottler: Maker’s Mark

ABV: 55.05% ABV

Age: NAS

Stave Code: 4 | 4 | 2 | 0 | 0

Nose: Honey, toffee, cocoa and clove. Light oak presence, mild pepper.

Taste: Thin to medium mouth feel. Oaky, peppery. Lots of heat here. Dry, bitter and spicy. Lots of cocoa.

Finish: Long, but hot and spicy. Almost punishing. Clove, pepper and oak dominate.

Overall: This is probably the first of these so far that I found to be one dimensional. Overall, it was too oaky, bitter and hot. A shame, but fortunately so far, these have been rare.

Reveal:K&L Wines. I really expected a better pick from them, but I also know they do a million picks a year. I usually enjoy their Four Roses bourbon selections, but maybe they were looking for something specific in this pick. Oh well. 

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 4



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