Maker’s Mark produces a variety of products based on a wheated mashbill. Like many distilleries, they also have a private selection program. Their program is different than the rest, however.
Unlike traditional distilleries that allow you to pick a single barrel of bourbon and bottle the entirety of it, Maker’s Mark approaches the private selection game by allowing a group, store or society to choose a combination of staves that one barrel (from their blend) of bourbon will be aged on. The different staves are:
- The Maker’s 46 Stave: A French Oak Stave
- The Baked American Pure Stave: Toasted American Oak stave
- The Seared French Cuvee Stave: French Oak wine cask stave cooked via infrared light
- The Roasted French Mocha Stave: French Oak cooked under high temperatures in a convection oven
- The Toasted French Spice Stave: French Oak stave cooked under high and low temperatures in convection oven
With this combination of staves, with 10 per selection, included in the aging, there are many permutations available.
The base stats of the bourbon that is aged on staves is bourbon that is 5.75-7 years old. That bourbon is aged for 9 weeks in cold conditions in a barrel made up of the chosen staves. It is bottled at cask strength, which is between 55% ABV and 57% ABV