Brand: Maker’s Mark
Product Name: Maker’s 46®
Country of origin: USA
Manufacturer: BEAM SUNTORY
Alcohol by volume: 47%
Net. Volume: 750 ml
Product Type: BOURBON WHISKEY
Expertly finished for bolder character, Maker’s 46® is aged longer with special seared French oak staves added later in the process for a uniquely bold and smooth taste. Maker’s 46 was the brainchild of Bill Samuels, Jr., son of the Maker’s Mark® founders, Bill and Margie. Released in 2010, Maker’s 46 was the first new major expression to be created at the Maker’s Mark® Distillery since our original bourbon went into production in 1953.
Maker’s 46 is the first new bourbon we’ve produced since opening our doors and the first offering from our wood-finishing series. We experimented tirelessly with the effects of wood-finishing to craft entirely new expressions of Maker’s Mark that are true to the original. This required much trial and error – but expertise, passion and persistence paid off in the end. We enjoyed the Maker’s 46 wood-finishing experience so much, we decided to expand the concept with Maker’s Mark Private Select®.
Why “Maker’s 46”?
The wood-finishing experiments were largely enacted by Bill Samuels, Jr., and Master Distiller Kevin Smith, with a big assist from the Independent Stave Company, the distillery’s longtime cooperage. After finally finding the flavor they were after, Bill, Jr., learned that the perfectly toasted French oak stave was on file as “Stave Profile No. 46.”
Maker’s Mark is a small-batch bourbon whiskey produced in Loretto, Kentucky, by Beam Suntory. It is bottled at 90 U.S. proof and sold in squarish bottles sealed with red wax. The distillery offers tours, and is part of the American Whiskey Trail and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.