It’s good to be a part of the Maker’s Mark Private Selection Single Barrel Program. Anybody who gets their hands on this one will surely know why. The small-batch distillery in Loretto, Kentucky has made a name for themselves with their unique look and taste, but their Cask Strength program is where they really set themselves apart.
Selecting a barrel of Makers Mark is different from any other single barrel. With Makers you get to blend your own barrel using different different wood staves of varying levels of char & wood. It’s an absolutely crazy process that for us took hours & about 30 different blends. I can’t think of a selection that is more reliant on the buyer trusting the source that it’s coming from.
In blending these barrels, there are 1001 possible combinations. For mine, I used 3 baked American pure, 2 seared French Cuvée, 2 Maker’s 46, 3 roasted French Mocha staves. It was bottled at 112.1 proof in December of 2020. For me, this is hands down the best Maker’s Mark that I’ve ever tasted.
Baked American Pure: 3
Seared French Cuvee: 2
Maker’s Mark 46: 2
Roasted French Mocha: 3
Toasted French Spice: 0
Fragrant notes of toffee, caramel apple and coffee. Despite being high alc., it’s crazy smooth and seductive with vanilla and caramel notes and a creamy finish that delivers a super enjoyable slow burn.
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