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Maker’s Mark Private Selection Maker’s Mark Tasting Panel Selection

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  • Distiller:

    Maker's Mark

  • Bottler:

    Maker's Mark

  • ABV:

    55.05%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Intro:

    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.

  • Nose:

    Gingerbread, marshmallow, honey, caramel and some clove. Light funkiness, like moist pipe tobacco. No real ethanol.

  • Taste:

    Sweet, rich honey. Some caramel, light cherry. Waffle cone sweetness, light pepper. Some clove. Peasant fruitiness. Good mouth feel - medium with some mild heat.

  • Finish:

    Medium length, sweet peanut brittle and cherry cola. Light sawdust, confectioners sugar and vanilla.

  • Overall:

    I can see why they choose this stave combo as a popular release. It makes for a great, on profile, release that covers a wide swath of ground in terms of flavors that are very reminiscent of classic bourbons. Still really enjoyably, and if not for the price, I bet these would just be flying off shelves. I'm impressed by the quality demonstrated here.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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