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Stave Configuration: (2-P2, 4-CU, 2-46, 1-MO, 1-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.