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Maker's Mark 46 Cask Strength Bourbon- Ace Spirits Selection

Our Price: $64.99
PRODUCER: MAKERS MARK WHISKY (PROFILE)
REGION: KENTUCKY
SIZE:750ML
ABV:56.1%
WEBSITE: MAKERS MARK WHISKY (WEBSITE)
TIMING:LIMITED INVENTORY- TYPICALLY SHIPS NEXT DAY
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Product Description
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Stave Configuration: (0-P2, 0-CU, 10-46, 0-MO, 0-SP)

Maker's 46 is created by taking fully matured Maker's Mark bourbon and placing it in a barrel with ten charred wooden staves in it to create more wood influence, more caramel, more... YUM. The whisky is then aged in these modified barrels for an additional three months to maximize the flavor impact of the staves. We love Maker's 46 and so when the opportunity arose to create our own private barrel, we jumped at it.

in 2017, the folks at Maker's worked with Independent Stave (one of the largest cooperages in the world) to create a total of five different stave types that would create different flavor profiles in the whisky:

Baked American Pure 2 (P2) Seared French Cuvee (CU) Maker's 46 (46) Roasted French Mocha (MO) Toasted French Spice (SP)

By arranging these staves in different configurations, you could develop up to 1,001 different whisky variants. After several attempts, we found the recipe that suited our palate. Rich, vanilla and caramel with just enough mocha and spice to color the highs and the lows.

Then I got to thinkingÖ OK, we got this awesome Private Select chosen, would it be possible to make a barrel using ONLY the Makerís 46 staves? Since it was to be bottled at barrel proof, this would essentially be Makerís Mark 46 Cask Strength Bourbon!!!??? The answer was yes. In fact, if you wanted this bottle you could get it only at Makerís Mark- a distillery only release made at the direction of Bill Samuels Jr. himself!

In the fall of 2017 we paid a visit to Maker's Mark to create our very own Maker's 46 Private Select Barrel. Let's back up a bit first. Maker's 46 is created by taking fully matured Maker's Mark bourbon and placing it in a barrel with ten charred wooden staves in it to create more wood influence, more caramel, more... YUM. The whisky is then aged in these modified barrels for an additional three months to maximize the flavor impact of the staves. We love Maker's 46 and so when the opportunity arose to create our own private barrel, we jumped at it.

Basically, the folks at Maker's worked with Independent Stave (one of the largest cooperages in the world) to create a total of five different stave types that would create different flavor profiles in the whisky:

Baked American Pure 2 Seared French Cuvee Maker's 46 Roasted French Mocha Toasted French Spice

Samples aged in barrels with exclusively one stave type were blended to approximate the final product. French Spice was very sharp and tannic, French Cuvee was very rich and round. By calculating the percentages to blend in based on the number of staves of each type, we would go through the process of determining (what I would consider to be) the best stave configuration.

The first attempt produced a rich, round, but very flat whisky. The next didn't offer much improvement. Only through inserting some mocha and spice- flavors which on their own were completely outside of my wheelhouse, did the whisky become balanced and truly memorable. On the fifth iteration, the whisky was finMaker's Mark Private Selection Processally perfect. Rich, vanilla and caramel with just enough mocha and spice to color the highs and the lows.

Then I got to thinking... OK, we got this awesome Private Select chosen, would it be possible to make a barrel using ONLY the Maker's 46 staves? Since it was to be bottled at barrel proof, this would essentially be Maker's Mark Cask Strength!!!??? The answer was yes. In fact, this had been done only once before- as a distillery only release at the direction of Bill Samuels Jr. himself!

I'm pleased to offer you, for the first time outside of the distillery, Maker's Mark Cask Strength!
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