What makes the distilled spirits world interesting is the variety of ways to approach spirits. Some distilleries offer a variety of spirits from bourbon to gin to vodka to liqueurs. Others may stick with a line of bourbon but extend the brand with multiple flavors like honey, apple or peach. While others pretty much stick to their knitting with a straight bourbon and only vary the proof or a final finish. Maker’s Mark Distillery and their bourbon fall into this latter group.
Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky has been offering bourbon, bourbon and bourbon since its founding in 1953. They may vary the color of their wax by the season but what’s in the bottle of this red winter wheated bourbon hasn’t changed much in 66 years. If you’ve heard Bill Samuels, Jr. speak you’ve likely heard the one phrase his father shared with him that he’s shared with his son Rob Samuels, “Don’t screw up the whiskey.” Seems to have served them well over the years. Starting in October 2018 the distillery started offering Maker’s Mark 101 proof bottles exclusively at global travel retail. Well now Maker’s is bringing it back home by offering it at the distillery and select Kentucky locations.
Maker’s says, “It’s fully matured Maker’s Mark bottled at 101 proof, which is the way Bill Samuels, Sr. would serve his personal guests at the distillery, showing off his signature bourbon in a bit bolder presentation than the 90 proof of regular Maker’s Mark.”
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Tasting Notes Provided by Maker’s Mark
“Fans will notice a sweet spicy nose and a palate of spicy fruit and caramel, complimented by Maker’s Mark 101’s rich and creamy mouthfeel, and its mellow, lingering midpalate finish.”
The new Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey at 101° proof (50.5% ABV) will be available starting July 3, 2019 with a suggested retail price of $49.99 for a 1 liter bottle. It will be available at the distillery and select Kentucky retailers.
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