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Maker's 46 Bourbon

Maker's 46 Bourbon whisky


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•    Unique
•    Influenced by seared French oak
•    Big, bold and beautiful
•    ABV 47%, 75cl


Maker’s Mark did something different with Maker’s 46 Bourbon. Different to what they normally do, which was not hard as, released in 2011, it was the first new product from the distillery in 52 years. It is also different to what other distilleries do.

Most distilleries when creating a new brand age their bourbon whisky longer; or they use different recipes; or they bottle from single barrels or small batches. Maker’s Mark did something unique.

The bourbon whisky used is the same tried, tested and much loved Maker’s Mark. It is made from the same recipe, distilled in the same way and then aged in barrels as normal for six to seven years. For “standard” Makers Mark all that is left is bottling, wax seal and shipping. For Maker’s 46 there is another step.

The bourbon whisky destined to become Maker’s 46 is removed from the barrels so oak staves can be put inside. The 10 staves placed in each barrel are made from seared French oak. The bourbon whisky is then returned to the barrels where it mingles with the new wood for several more months, creating bolder and stronger tasting bourbon.

The name Maker’s 46 comes from the process the distillers at Maker’s Mark went through to come up with this new bourbon whisky. For over a year they tried many different types of wood variation for the staves until they hit upon seared French oak on the 46th attempt.

Maker’s 46 is a boisterous bourbon whisky that is unafraid to stand out from the crowd. It starts off creamy and soft before opening up to spiciness and a big oak finish that is simply fantastic.

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Maker's Mark Distillery, Loretto, Kentucky, USA
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