Review #996 – Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Washington State Selection

Review #996 | Bourbon Review #518 – Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Washington State 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.

This is day 16 of the series. There are 16 days total. Here are the previous days in case you missed them. There will be a series recap coming, post haste.


Distiller: Maker’s Mark

Bottler: Maker’s Mark

ABV: 55.5% ABV

Age: NAS

Stave Code: 1 | 1 | 2 | 4 | 2


Nose: Honey, biscuits, toffee, vanilla cream. Lightly musty, rich tobacco and peanut brittle. Total dessert bomb.

Taste: Caramel, honey, honey roasted peanuts. Toffee, pepper, clove, orange peel.

Finish: Short to medium length, some honey. Clove. Orange peel. Tobacco.

Overall: Sublime nose, with a shorter finish than I’d like. The palate was spot on, though.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6


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