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The first of two releases in the 2022 Limited Release Wood Finishing Series from Maker's Mark, BRT-01 is an exercise from the brand that seeks to explain how barrels from the hotter, higher floors of rickhouse tastes. BRT is a moniker for Maker's Mark's "hand barrel rotation" process — an expensive, labor-intensive technique the brand uses for all of its barrels throughout their lives of aging on the property. Let's dive in. This features 10 virgin toasted American oak staves.
Rich, sweet and packed with vanilla bean, honey, butterscotch and a faint touch of pepper.
Moderate mouthfeel with a touch of heat but full of caramel, butterscotch, rye bread, a touch of apple and pear, and pie crust.
Long finish, complex and full of character, sweet and punchy with plenty of butterscotch, baked apples and brown sugar.
This is just plain delicious. It's about the most apple pie I've ever gotten from a Maker's bottling, and I just love it.