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 13 of the series. There are 15 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, No Mocha No Cry Selection
- Day 7, Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Big Red Liquors Selection
- Day 8, Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Hi-Time Liquors Selection
- Day 9, Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Bill Samuel’s Jr Selection
- Day 10, Maker’s Mark Private Selection, K&L Wines Selection
- Day 11, Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Bar Myx Selection
- Day 12, Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Bill Samuel’s Jr Pt.2 Selection
Distiller: Maker’s Mark
Bottler: Maker’s Mark
ABV: 55.1% ABV
Stave Code: 1 | 0 | 0 | 5 | 4
Nose: Musty, earthy, honey, pipe tobacco, stewed fruits. Light ethanol. Really rich nose, though.
Taste: Thin to medium mouth feel. Really sweet. Honey, caramel, maple, brown sugar. Light vanilla bean. Some cinnamon. Lots of graham cracker and waffle cone. Heat grows with time, but not too bad. Lightly dry, lightly oaky.
Finish: Medium in length, but a bit hot. Caramel, orange zest, rye spice, clove and honey. Light oak presence.
Overall: This was interesting in that the palate was super sweet at first before some drying character showed up. Good body, and despite some mild heat, it performs well in my opinion.
Reveal: Mexi Cali Mocha Selection! The second bamboozle. Just like yesterday, this is the second sample that turned out to be a repeat. A bamboozle at the hands of the pourer, but a welcome one. I’ve learned a ton this series, and feel pretty good about the comparison.
Thanks for reading!