Maker's Mark, one of the larger producers of bourbon in Kentucky, produces wheated bourbon that is sold both domestically and abroad. Until recent years, Maker's only produced a small handful of products. In the last couple of years, though, products like Maker's Mark 46 and Maker's Mark Cask Strength have seen domestic releases. A major criticism of the brand, though, was the absence of a barrel selection program in favor of wax dipped limited editions. That has now changed. A barrel selection at Maker's Mark is unique, though, in that you choose a combination of staves to mature in a barrel, and that barrel is bottled. This is different from almost any other barrel selection process on the market. For better or for worse, this creates a very different product than their core line of expressions. I've set out to try approximately a dozen of these various private selections, completely blind, to gather my thoughts on how their releases are shaking out.
Sweet and musty. Sawdust, nutty peanut brittle. Faint cocoa. Light caramel.
Medium mouth feel. Lots of honey. Mild heat. Sweet confectioners sugar, sweet caramel with a great oak body. Some tobacco and pepper as well.
Short and hot. A bit too oaky here, with a good bit of vanilla bean and dry pepper.
This was nice until the finish, which became a hair too oaky for me.